Thursday, August 20, 2009

Auckland privatisation goes down

Tonight Phil Twyford's Local Government (Protection of Auckland Assets) Amendment Bill was defeated, 58 - 64. But while it has been voted down, the bill still succeeded in part by putting the issue of local body privatisation on the agenda and forcing the government to debate it. And given the public response, this issue is not going to go away. as I noted earlier, there are other ways to feed this cat, and we can expect to see it back on the agenda soon.

As for National, their refusal to protect Auckland's assets makes clear their desire to sell those assets to their cronies. Be afraid - be very afraid.