The Green party is trying to buy a referendum. Stuff reports, a couple of days after Keeping Stock broke the story that they are as sanctimonious as ever in justifying spending taxpayers money on buying a referendum:
The Green Party is spending $50,000 paying people to collect signatures for a citizens-initiated referendum on asset sales.
The equivalent of 10 fulltime staff have been hired for the next six to eight weeks in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The Greens also have a volunteer army of about 2000 Auckland-based “issues assistants” helping with the campaign and have budgeted a further $28,000 for related sundries.
The bid for a citizens-initiated referendum was launched last month and is sponsored by a coalition of Grey Power, the Council of Trade Unions, Greenpeace, the Union of Student Associations, Labour and the Greens.
Dana Levy left out three words…”of taxpayers money”. But Russel Norman confirms the pick pocketing:
Greens co-leader Russel Norman said the funding was coming out of the party’s $1.3million annual leader’s fund.
`It’s very important to us to stop the asset sales and it’s very important to us that New Zealanders are given a voice because they currently don’t have one,” he said.
Yet another reason Parliamentary Services spending should be opened up tot he Official InformationAct