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Labour Talks Tough, But Votes Soft

Published: Thu 29 Jul 1999 06:21 PM
"Voters should be very wary of Labour MP Paul Swain's claim his party would toughen up competition law.
"Based on past experience, Labour would sit on its hands," Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford said today.
"It is all very well for Mr Swain to talk tough, but Labour votes soft in dealing with anti-competitive matters.
"The Labour party's position on the proposal to put a regulatory framework on monopoly electricity lines companies is a perfect example of Labour MPs speaking out of both sides of their mouths.
"Labour says it wants to beef up competition law and a more aggressive culture at the Commerce Commission.
"But Labour has failed to support changes that are needed to stop monopoly lines companies overcharging," Mr Bradford said.
"This Government has gone through the consultation process, without any help from Labour.
"Changes will be made to the Commerce Act before the House rises, to ensure our competition laws are robust," Mr Bradford said.
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