So the Asset Sales Bill will be back in Parliament for its second reading tomorrow.
It’s a further abrogation of due procress, as it comes back 5 weeks early, curtailing proper scrutiny.
National, by wait of select committee numbers, ended deliberations after only one hour, and want to get the legislation rammed through before the Keep Our Assets referendum petition gathers its targeted 350,000 signatures – and before Peter Dunne loses his nerve. More than 10,000 signed in 1 weekend in Ohariu – and tens of thousands have across the country – so it won’t be long before more than half of registered voters in Dunne’s electorate have signed up, proving beyond any doubt that his position is against his constituents’ desires.
Treasury completed their Select Committee report before submissions had finished, National members of the select committee were rude and dissimisive to submitters, and there has been no time to test the evidence that was submitted. They will ignore the views of 99% of the oral submitters, and the vast majority of the 1400 written submissions.
But unfortunately for them, while they can race the bill through Parliament, ignoring all opposition, the actual sales will take some time to proceed – so there will be plenty of time for the petition and its subsequent referendum.
The market for their sale will not get any better in the current global environment, and forcing local governments into asset sales won’t help distract either.