Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Just what is the National/Act Government's legislative plans for Auckland Super city...
What is the Government's legislative plans for Auckland Super City? What are they going to tell the people who live there?
Shane Jones MP: Labour is calling on the National/Act Government to spell out what the Super City legislation it plans to ram through under urgency will entail, says its Local Government spokesman Shane Jones.
"Mr Hide said last week that he planned to try to pass legislation under urgency on the issue when Parliament resumes. He has suggested that the legislation is only technical and would revolve around enabling the establishment of a transition agency."
"However there have been other suggestions that the legislation may be more substantial and could include a determination on the Government's plans to create at large councillors and to ban the Maori seats," Mr Jones says.
"The Government needs to come clean on whether there is any truth to these suggestions and tell the public exactly what the legislation will and won't entail. Right now it's becoming hard to know what to believe.
"Prime Minister John Key is out there telling Aucklanders the Government is prepared to listen to their views on the issue, while at the same time Mr Hide is keeping everyone in the dark when it comes to the legislation.
"The Government's approach to this issue has already angered Aucklanders. If it now plans to rush through legislation which prevents changes to its proposals being made, while at the same time promising further consultation, it will seriously inflame the situation," Mr Jones says.
Mangere MP Su'a William Sio last night went to a public meeting organised by the Manukau City Council on the proposed Super City and attended by several hundred people.
"Residents were very clearly opposed to a number of the Government's plans and were united in their opposition to the introduction of at large councillors. They also want the proposed community boards to be given a lot more teeth," he said.
"They are determined to engage in the select committee process and to begin writing submissions. But if the legislation being rushed through under urgency is more substantial than Mr Hide has suggested, there may be little point. If the Government has in any way misled the public on this issue, they will be furious."