Friday, November 22, 2013

Time to vote against asset sales

It's referendum time:

Voting begins today in a citizens-initiated referendum on whether the Government should sell part of its stake in power companies and Air New Zealand.

The non-binding referendum asks the question: "Do you support the Government selling up to 49 per cent of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand?"

The postal vote closes on December 13.

Voters should post their papers back no later than December 12 for them to arrive on time, said chief electoral officer Robert Peden.

My ballot papers haven't arrived yet, but when they do I'll be voting immediately. As Russel Norman points out, this is our chance to make our voice heard, to make it clear to the government that if they continue down this path, they will be de-elected next year. The more of us who do it, the stronger that threat will be - and the greater the chance that the government will listen.