Citizens’ Initiated Referenda were supposed to give members of the public an opportunity to influence policy.
The petition seeking a referendum on the partial sale of a few state assets has been taken over by LabourGreen politicians.
Within minutes of the announcement by Clerk of the House Mary Harris that the petition had too few valid signatures Labour’s SOE spokesman Clayton Cosgrove issued a media release saying Labour will redouble its efforts to help get the remaining signatures needed to ensure a referendum on asset sales goes ahead.
And the Green Party co-leader Russel Norman sent an email saying:
We have just this afternoon heard that we need 16,000 more valid signatures to force a referendum to stop further asset sales.
I am contacting you straight away to ask for your help to protect our assets for all New Zealanders.
We are so close. Over 292,000 New Zealanders have had their signature counted and confirmed. We now have two months to get the last signatures, and that’s where we need your help. . . .
. . . These signatures need to be posted back urgently. Please collect what you can and return them to me:
Russel Norman MP
They have already wasted tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of dollars, on promoting the petition and soliciting signatures but failed to meet the target needed.
They have abused the CIR process by making this a politicians’ initiated petition.
In spite of the tens of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars spent on getting signatures they’ve mucked it up. They haven’t got enough valid ones.
Even if they got enough to force a referendum it would make absolutely no difference to the policy.
Continuing to seek signatures is an expensive exercise in futility.
In every argument there comes a time to accept you’ve lost. LabourGreen passed that point a long time ago.
They have shown no shame about wasting public money and are showing no sense in failing to accept the futility of continuing to flog this very dead horse.