National falls in the trap of making non-equivocal statements, like “no new taxes” and “no more asset sales”.
But then they have to start farting around the edges with semantics. Oh no, that’s not an asset sale, it’s a sale of unused, erm… you know, things. But it’s not an asset sale!
The Government is looking at raising money from the sale of unused land and under-utilised assets held by state-owned enterprises, Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed.
Treasury documents suggest about $2 billion could be raised and Labour says it’s a backdoor attempt to continue the asset sales programme.
“National promised before the election not to sell more assets,” Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson said today.
“This paper indicates there is an extensive list of assets held by SOEs that are now on the chopping block.” Read more »