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No credible argument against referendum

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, May 18th, 2009 - 32 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, democracy under attack - Tags: , , ,

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This morning Radio NZ ran a report on the increasing

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to the Government’s supercity plans. In the interview that followed it Rodney Hide was asked why the Government won’t let Aucklanders have the final say on the proposal through a referendum.

His answer? The tired, discredited old line that it’s “

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” question and the whole issue is too complicated to put to a referendum.

That’s pretty weak. No one’s saying the consultation process Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party are asking for should be done by referendum. The proposal is that the final outcome of the consultation should be put to a democratic vote.

That is a single yes or no question – “Do you support the super-city that the Government proposes?” – and it would provide some basic accountability on the Government to come up with a proposal that Aucklanders can support.

There is no credible democratic argument against holding a referendum on the supercity. The only reason Rodney Hide and John Key don’t want one is because they know the way they’re currently behaving the result will be a resounding “No”.

32 comments on “No credible argument against referendum”

  1. wtl 1

    Indeed, I was disappointed the interviewer didn’t press the question when Hide gave that answer. I think our best chance now is to demand a referendum in our submissions on the Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill, making it clear that there is no valid reason for denying this. I know the “Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation Bill” has been passed, but surely a clause could be added to the second bill to repeal the first depending on the results of a referendum. Not that I think they will listen, but at least they will have to deliberately ignore these submissions.

  2. My own issue isn’t with a amalgamation per se. I’m in favour of that. What i reject is the gutting of democracy in the revised Auckland. That is the real issue here IMHO. Hide and National very clearly see democrqacy as the enemy – from the Auckland dictatorship law, to the RMA gutting to the intended referendum to get rid of MMP. Every measure is intended to allow people to be dictated to.

    This makes an absolute hollow farce of their defence of democracy and freedom against the Nanny State before the election…..though anyone who really knows National knows that was crap then just as it has been proven to be crap now. National are usually the ultimate “we know best” party. Their handling of Auckland is classic in that regard.

    labour wanted kids to eat healthy lunches. National wants to gut your democracy.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      Capitalism requires dictatorship as it’s designed to have a few rich people and everyone else living at subsistence level or less. If everyone had a say then the laws that maintain that imbalance would be done away with and capitalism would fail.

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    haha
    Lockwood is guaranteeing that the SuperCity will have lower rates. Wonder if that’s a personal guarantee and if he will cough up with the extra when it ends up costing more to run.

    • Ianmac 3.1

      It could be that Lockwood is right. The Rates may not rise. They may even fall. Why? Because instead of paying rates why not privatise waste, water, sewerage, so that they become user-pays. Simple. I can see it so clearly says Lockwodd.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    He may have to stop going to public meetings shortly then, he’s getting too old to be climbing out of toilet windows.

  5. Pat 5

    Labour are hoping the Supercity and the Waterview connection are the “big” issues that will turn the tide against National.

    Yet it’s funny that out of the blue come two issues that are going to gain big popular traction, as they affect everyone in NZ. Save Our Bread, and Save Our Pigs. Labour are going to have problems working out which side they take on these issues, and they can’t exactly ignore them and bang on about Supercity and Waterview instead.

    Easy points for the Nats here. Is Annette King going to defend folic acid additives in the face of National scrapping the legislation (which they will surely do). Is Goff going to defend the status quo on pig farms if the Nats advocate chnages?

    • Pascal's bookie 5.1

      Pat, if you think ‘folic acid in/not in bread’ is a story with more legs than the supercity, then I’m not sure what to say.

      Other than “got a plan B?”.

      • Pat 5.1.1

        PB – have you forgotten “shower heads” already? Watch and learn, my friend. Most people don’t share a love affair with their local council as you would have us believe. But f*cK with their bread and all hell will break loose.

        • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.1

          The dynamics of the story are different though Pat. It’ll be more like the reversal of the school lunch thing, a two day wonder.

          King might put out one press release, but it’s hardly something Labour will be dying in a ditch over. Where do the legs come from? It might make the bottom half of the front page if it’s a slow news day.

          Supercity will be in the news untill at least the next local body elections, and will have all sorts of personal hooks. water supply, libraries, roading, rubbish, parks, rates, urban/rural divide, museums etc, and so on. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

        • gobsmacked 5.1.1.2

          OK, let’s define “hell”, Pat.

          Predict a number, for a protest or public meeting on folic acid.

          • Pat 5.1.1.2.1

            I have never, ever, been to a protest or public meeting (and I live in Hobsonville!) I suggest I might be in the majority.

            Bread and Pigs are emotional, touchy feely topics. You might bore your mates senseless at BBQ’s with discussions on rates and rubbish collections, but with Bread and Pigs almost everyone will have an opinion. Because when it comes to bacon & eggs on toast, it affects them personally.

          • Anita 5.1.1.2.2

            Pat,

            Having an opinion is not enough to bring about change.

            How do you think the BBQ talk from “almost everyone” is going to translate into action?

            BTW I’ve talked to a wide variety of “ordinary” people today and a number mentioned the pigs, none had any plan to do anything about it (except one who said he was going to read the label on bacon in future (?!)), not a single one mentioned bread or folic acid.

    • Anita 5.2

      I think we can be pretty sure that National won’t make adequate changes to the Animal Welfare Code. Some window dressing, sure, but nothing that will make out pig or poultry farming practices humane.

      • Pat 5.2.1

        They will make changes if it gets legs. And having such a popular “kiwi bloke” like Mike King as a front man gives it an instant mainstream endorsement, and makes it hard for the Nats to brush it under the carpet.

    • Jasper 5.3

      Waterview and Supershitty will give Labour traction in Mt Albert that’s for certain. Melissa Lee was the gift that kept on giving till she got the STFU order from on high.

      What’s concerning is that Hide has already started making moves towards amalgamation in Wellington with discussions and proposals to combine Upper and Lower Hutt districts to coincide with the police doing same.

      Again this will be without reference on consultation with the good denizens of the Hutt Valley.

      So “Yes” I say Pat, Labour will definitely be able to get a lot of mileage out of this SS Bolshevik Nact are going to be rolling out nationwide before their time is up in 2011.

      Do it hard, do it fast.

  6. Pat 6

    Plus pig farmers aren’t a big lobby group like dairy, sheep or beef farmers (in terms of numbers of farmers affected). So politcially they are safe for the Nats to force changes upon.

    • Anita 6.1

      If pig farmers are not an effective lobby group how has this practice been explicitly permitted for so long? There have been plenty of people in government for a long time who have known about these practices.

      • Pat 6.1.1

        Because protestors (generally) are seen as fringe nutters, which in the past are difficult for the general public to identify with, so the message often gets lost in translation. Mike King now gives the protest a popular figure head and a mainstream legitamacy. And he has ready access to the media.

        • Anita 6.1.1.1

          That protestors are seen as fringe nutters isn’t a reasonable explanation for why the governments (of the last many decades) haven’t addressed this issue even tho they have known about it.

          • Pat 6.1.1.1.1

            A simple case of Out of sight, Out of mind. The only opposition has been the likes of SAFE who have broken into pig farms covertly. Once the general public is forced to confront reality by someone they relate to, then it is more likely to gain traction and become a political issue. Especially if one or more political parties keep pushing it along. Hence my original post as to what Labour and National will do with this.

  7. gobsmacked 7

    Pat (2.13):

    Your basic point is valid – that non-political matters engage people. But I think you’ve picked the wrong ones. We’ll see.

    As for the council issue, local government is tedious in the abstract, and absolutely relevant in practice. Nobody cares about Committee X, Sub-Section 13, Clause 4 (b) …

    But everyone cares about their rubbish and rates. Especially if the latter goes up.

    • Kevin Welsh 7.1

      To be fair to Pat

      “Around the BBQ” discussions worked for ‘time for a change’.

      Captcha: militiamen organise :-)

  8. Maynard J 8

    Labour did sweet F.A. about it too, didn’t they? So I don’t think it will be a big issue, or one that can damage labour/help national. National opposes any changes and they’re doing what Labour did. National makes changes and Labour will not oppose them: hardly a story there.

    Pat, it’s an interesting story (or two), but it won’t have much impact on anything political unless national get Lee, Worth or Bennett to take the issue up.

    • Anita 8.1

      Indeed, Labour has been just as appallingly submissive to the farming lobbies when it comes to animal welfare as National.

  9. Hoolian 9

    The answer to this is the same as to why Labour didn’t go to a referendum on the Electoral Finance Act.

    • gobsmacked 9.1

      Because they want to lose the next election?

    • r0b 9.2

      I wasn’t aware that the local government act requirement for a referendum when messing with local councils applied to electoral law Hoolian.

      And even if Labour had done wrong in the past, do two wrongs make a right? Would that be your argument? Good luck trying it on with 1.4 Million pissed off Aucklanders…

      • bilbo 9.2.1

        r0b I may be reading things wrong but I don’t think most Aucklanders give a flying one about a referendum…… most want one simple question answered.

        Will the move to a combined regional council lead to lower rates … if not why on earth do we need it ?

        It beggars belief that the tosspots in Wellington have been unable to put some reliable figures around this proposal for Aucklanders,North Shoreians, Westies, Manukauites to consider.

        • Maynard J 9.2.1.1

          Sorry bilbo but the ‘tosspot from Wellington’ you need to talk to is actally a Little Dictator from Epsom. Labour was nice and costed it at $750 each (akl ratepayers) to pay for the transition. There are strong doubts as to whether it will save anything though.

          • bilbo 9.2.1.1.1

            I think you misunderstand – the cost of rates going forward .. i.e. our rates cost let’s say 3k per annum now what will they cost in two years time under the combined council in tens years time etc.

  10. r0b 10

    It beggars belief that the tosspots in Wellington have been unable to put some reliable figures around this proposal for Aucklanders

    Well there for once we are in agreement.

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    3 days ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
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    4 days ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
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    4 days ago
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    4 days ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
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    4 days ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    4 days ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    4 days ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    4 days ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
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    4 days ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    4 days ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    5 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    5 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    5 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    6 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    7 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    7 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    7 days ago
  • State of origin
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    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    7 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
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    1 week ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    1 week ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    1 week ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    1 week ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    1 week ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    1 week ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    2 weeks ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    2 weeks ago

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