The question on the politicians’ initiated referendum asks: do you support the Government selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand.
Several people have pointed out that those who want more than 49% sold could vote no.
That would be taken as opposition to any sale when that’s the opposite of their view which favours total sales.
Then there’s the name of one of the companies – if Google is to be believed Genesis Energy is an SOE but I couldn’t find a Genesis Power.
There is another even more fundamental flaw in the question – the Government hasn’t sold and isn’t planning to sell up to 49% of Air New Zealand.
It didn’t own 100% of the shares in the first place and sold only 20% of the total, retaining 53%.
If the question is wrong, how can any answer be valid?