National says that opening up publicly-owned ports to the transparency that all our other publicly-owned organisations are subject to would be “taking New Zealand backwards”. Accountability is “inefficient” (failed port management hiding behind the lack of OIA coverage isn’t). Apparently, having to answer a few OIAs a year would put intolerable costs on ports that would doom all our exporters.
That’s the grounds on which they voted against Darien Fenton’s Bill making ports subject to the OIA (…. or they would have but the opposition countered the Nats’ rushing tactic of taking one-sentence calls in the debate with delaying tactics so that the vote didn’t quite occur before the House rose)
Actually, the Nats are just telling the truth in saying that transparency and accountability is a backwards step in their agenda. National’s future sees our energy companies out of the OIA as well, and more and more of New Zealand’s democracy closed down with cancelled elections, empowering Acts that put ministers above the law, and forced closures and mergers of local government.