The active Ohariu protest group People’s Power has announced its third protest of the week against state asset sales. Its Peter Dunne puppet will try to get into Parliament Buildings at midday on Thursday to vote against the legislation on the sale of state assets.
News from People’s Power Ohariu
“In the absence from the debating chamber of Ohariu PM Peter Dunne during the debate and voting on the state asset sale legislation, the Ohariu electorate’s puppet ‘Peter Dunne’ will try to get into Parliament Buildings midday tomorrow Thursday to vote against the sale of state assets”, says People’s Power Ohariu spokesperson John Maynard.
Protest group People’s Power Ohariu says Peter Dunne’s continuing absence during the Mixed Ownership Model Bill debate compounds the abandonment of his accountability to his electorate and his duty as a Member of Parliament.
“He has refused to answer questions of his constituents, to meet with representatives of the Ohariu Citizens’ Select Committee or to reply to the challenge to hold a public meeting in his electorate.
“Peter Dunne is also undermining the democratic process by consistently refusing to answer the questions of the news media, to grant interviews on his support for the mixed Ownership Model Bill or to engage in the public debate.
“Peter Dunne has refused to respond to questions about the Trans Pacific Partnership which is expected to see foreign investors in the four energy companies given the power to sue the New Zealand Government. People’s Power Ohariu has been expressing its concern about the undermining of the sovereignty of New Zealand following the reports of the direct threats to the law making and regulatory sovereignty of the New Zealand Government by the Trans Pacific Partnership.
In his “United Future Peter Dunne reports” April 2012 Peter Dunne says: “We may not always agree, but where you seek my help on issues of unfairness or injustice that affect you, I will at all times do my very best for you”.
“People’s Power Ohariu hopes to have some success in getting the puppet ‘Peter Dunne’ to exercise his vote in Parliament in line with the solid majority of people who continue to oppose the sale of state assets.
“We hope Peter Dunne will rise from the ashes of the Backbencher pub fire and vote to save the state assets. After almost 30 years as a Member of Parliament it will not be a good legacy for Peter Dunne to finish his Parliamentary career as just a puppet”.
News from People’s Power Ohariu – June 18
The Wellington offices of merchant banker Goldman Sachs will be the focus of protest activity on Tuesday by People’s Power Ohariu in its campaign against the privatisation of the four Government owned energy companies.
The John Key Government has budgetted $120 million to be allocated to Goldman Sachs and other companies assisting the Government’s asset sales programme including advertising, public relations and call centre companies.
At midday on Tuesday, “John Key”, “Bill English” and their minders will be leaving Parliament Buildings with wheelbarrows full of money heading up Lambton Quay to deliver $120 million to the offices of Goldman Sachs in the BNZ building at 1 Willis Street.
“Protestors” representing the majority of the population opposed to the privatisation of state assets are expected to try to stop “Mr Key”, “Mr English” and their wheelbarrows full of taxpayers money along the route.
People’s Power Ohariu began its campaign against asset sales in February in recognition of the solid majority of voters who continue to be opposed to the partial sale of the four Government owned energy companies. People’s Power Ohariu is campaigning to persuade Peter Dunne to vote against the Mixed Ownership Model Bill when the Bill returns to the House this week.
Without Peter Dunne’s vote in the 61/60 voting split the Bill will not pass and the state assets cannot be sold.
News from People’s Power Ohariu – June 15
A protest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lambton Quay in Wellington at 12.30pm on Monday has been organised by People’s Power Ohariu in its on-going campaign against the privatisation of four Government owned energy companies.
Leaked documents from the negotiations of the nine country Trans Pacific Partnership reveal that in some situations foreign investors may be given the right to sue the New Zealand Government for compensation to protect their share values and profits. Foreign investors in the four energy companies would be given significant influence over the law making and regulatory authority of the New Zealand Government.
This is a fundmental attack on the sovereignty of this country.
In his capacity as Minister of Revenue Ohariu MP Peter Dunne may see money he has collected from taxpayers being used to pay compensation to foreign investors in the partially privatised power companies.
Foreign investors in particular will have little interest beyond their wish to make money, increase their profits and capital gain
Peter Dunne has refused to meet with representatives of People’s Power Ohariu and said he did not want to waste his time answering questions about the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership on the asset sales.
Peter Dunne’s consistent refusal to answer questions from the news media is itself a serious undermining of the democratic process where matters of significant public interest are debated. It is Peter Dunne’s single vote that can determine whether or not the partial privatisation of state assets proceed.
People’s Power Ohariu will be delivering to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade a copy of its open letter challenging Peter Dunne’s support of the Mixed Ownership Model.