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Monday, 9 August 2004
DEMOCRATS DELIGHTED WITH DECISIONS
Following the Democratic Party's Annual Conference held in Christchurch over the past weekend, the Leader Stephnie de
Ruyter expressed her delight at the numbers attending, the harmony displayed in discussing policy and direction and the
renewed commitment to the reforming foundation on which the party stands.
"Again the resilience of the Democrats in New Zealand politics has been demonstrated in the decisions made at this
conference" said Ms de Ruyter "In the face of the derision and doom casting when we decided to go it alone in 2002, this
conference saw over 80 delegates and observers set the scene for our resurgence as the only party with a focus on
addressing the key issues of rising debt, growing local and national infrastructural problems and poor outcomes in
essential services like health and education"
The Democratic Party clearly recognises the problems being raised as key issues in 2004 as the same ones discussed in
the economic summit of 1984 and unfortunately the same tried and failed solutions are being proposed by the Clark led
coalition government and the Brash led opposition.
"If the solutions proposed by the Democrats are implemented we will not see a continuation of our family silver being
sold off to overseas investors" continued the democrat Leader "The sale of another power company to a group of
Australian based investors, without a word of protest from our self professed peoples government, is a clear indication
that there is no intention at all to deviate from the increasingly discredited market driven dogma of the 1990s.
"How far do we let Labour and National go in allowing the assets built up by successive generations of New Zealanders to
be flogged of to foreign owners or is this part of a long-term strategy of forming a pacific bloc of nations under the
control and domination of Australia" said Ms de Ruyter "Recently for one example, Annette King signed off a deal with
Australia that will adversely affect the marketing of alternative health products. Proposals for a 'common' currency is
"We call for the people of New Zealand to support our stand for dumping the Student Loan scheme, debt free funding for
essential national and local infrastructure to ensure the delivery of good healthcare and improved education for all and
an end to the mindless selling off of the nations assets" concluded the Democrat Leader.