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What a surprise

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, March 21st, 2013 - 12 comments
Categories: accountability, energy, national - Tags: ,

3 News reports:

No inquiry into Solid Energy

Solid Energy will not face a Select Committee Inquiry after Government MPs voted against it this morning.

The state-owned energy company is $389 million in debt and despite bosses fronting up to the commerce select committee and trying to give answers, it remains relatively unexplained. …

The bid was voted down by five National Party MPs, trumping three Labour MPs and one Green MP who were in favour of it.
Green Party MP Gareth Hughes says the decision is disappointing the Government’s MPs voted it down.

We don’t want any more embarrassing details about the Nats encouraging Solid Energy to take on too much debt coming to light now do we.

Labour is now expected to ask Parliament’s watch dog – the Auditor General – for an inquiry.

Stay tuned.


12 comments on “What a surprise”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    $400m is ‘chump change’ on Planet Key, so why bother?

  2. Dv 2

    How about and enquiry into SCF?
    That was only a billion!!!

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    No, no surprise that National voted down an inquiry – it may have brought some of their underhandedness to light and they can’t have that.

  4. AmaKiwi 4

    When foreigners tell me NZ has no corruption I say, “We have no corruption because we have no one to investigate it.”

    In NZ is there any way to get a truly unbiased, independent investigation of anything without the approval of the “powers that be”?

    No investigators therefore no corruption. It’s simple.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Common Tory approach to improving law and order, the environment, labour laws etc.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2


      That’s it exactly. We have corruption, it’s just not being investigated and, even when it is investigated, nothing happens anyway.

    • Murray Olsen 4.3

      I think one of the main reasons we superficially seem to have no corruption is because it’s preserved for the very rich only. You can’t pay $10 to get off a speeding ticket, but $100,000 can probably get the speed limit changed, or a zoning application rushed through. Or, in the case of Sky City, a whole new set of laws. In this, as in many things, we are not democratic.

    • Tim 4.4

      Exactery. Praise the LAUD and pass the ammunition. (Fortress NActional)

  5. tc 5

    The blam’s song ‘there is no depression in NZ’ could just as easily be altered to ‘there is no corruption in NZ’.

    There is no way in their wide boy world they want this, SCF, Keys tranzrail shares, his blind trusts, SkyCity etc etc etc ever looked into.

  6. fender 6

    If this doesn’t make voters suspicious, what will ffs.

    What has National got to hide except the borrowed money dividends and kneecapping behaviour?

    • tc 6.1

      Opposition could run some nice lines on Transparency, Higher standards etc. Makes you wonder about the true state of affairs in MRP, Genesis etc as they all run the same model.
      With all these genius high flyers like Palmer, Elder etc WTF really happened. I’m no fan but these folk deserve some exoneration if Blinglish,Key and co forced them to effectively bankrupt SE.

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