Referendum

Don’t believe everything you read in the Herald

Astonishing really…wrong in the heading, wrong in the stand first…

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The actual number of votes addd tot he count is more like 35,000…the body of the article explains.

Of the additional votes counted, 24,866 were against the asset sales while 10,035 were in favour.

The final result is that 920,188 or 67.3 per cent of votes cast were against the programme while 442,985 or 32.4 per cent were in favour.

A check of the Electoral Commission website for the preliminary results vs the Final results shows it is about 35,000.

Simple stuff really.

Dompost on Asset Sales Referendum

The Dompost is somewhat emphatic in their mockery of the Greens and Labour.

To listen to Labour and the Greens one would think the Government had no choice but to begin buying back state assets following the referendum on state asset sales.

According to Labour leader David Cunliffe the people “clamoured” to have their voices heard and they have “spoken” against the partial sales of Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy and Air New Zealand.

According to Green party co-leader Russel Norman the referendum has shown the prime minister is out of touch with mainstream New Zealand.

There is only one problem for Mr Cunliffe and Dr Norman. The referendum on state asset sales was not the first held under the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993. It was the fifth.   Read more »

The Huddle

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I was on Larry Williams show The Huddle with Josie Pagani for the last time this year.

Our topics were:

The Avatar film deal ongoing incentives programme announced this morning to put a shot in the arm of a very very lacklustre film industry. The government is caught between a rock and a hard place here. The liberal elites arts bludgers always have their hands out for more like a proverbial modern day Oliver Twist, and on the other hand when the government hands out the corporate welfare to billionaires the same moaners from the left who decry that not enough is spent will now cry that John Key is helping out his rich mates again. You know my position…bludging is bludging, no matter the clothes you wear.

There there is Len’s pathetic apology to the council. He should be resigning not apologising. He’s still lied and used council money to pay for his texting to his mistress as well as used free hotel rooms at Sky City – all the while changing his stance on the convention centre deal, not to mention his use of the chauffeur driven car to run his floosie all over town. He’s not fronting to the media or any public outings – how long can he survive? He is a lame duck mayor.  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I will be on Larry Williams show The Huddle with Josie Pagani for the last time this year.

Our topics may include:

The Avatar film deal ongoing incentives programme announced this morning to put a shot in the arm of a very very lacklustre film industry. The government is caught between a rock and a hard place here. The liberal elites arts bludgers always have their hands out for more like a proverbial modern day Oliver Twist, and on the other hand when the government hands out the corporate welfare to billionaires the same moaners from the left who decry that not enough is spent will now cry that John Key is helping out his rich mates again. You know my position…bludging is bludging, no matter the clothes you wear.  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

BURN UP

Credit: SonofaMin

Balanced reporting. I’ll be damned.

3 News:

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Both sides of the story, let the public make the decision.

Awesome.

The Green Party Data scammers: Look at their Guidelines

Via the Tipline

An interesting post scanned and captured from an over-excited contributor to the [Standard made] earlier.  Is this what the Greens plan to do with information stolen from their petition harvesting?

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The Green Party hid behind the old fools in Grey Power for the Assets petition, then sent out paid touts on taxpayers’ money to scoop up data. Like Greenpeace, they love a petition. Do you think it is only because they are wound up about this issue? No, it is because they want to capture your personal details to create a data base.   Read more »

Sell. Sell. Sell.

Headline?   John Key saying the Referendum was a waste of time, proves there is no mandate for change, and was just a political stunt.

Hands up who’s surprised?

Prime Minister John Key says the contentious partial asset sales programme will continue despite the provisional results of the share offer referendum.

More than 1.3 million New Zealanders cast votes in the non-binding citizens initiated referendum; with the preliminary result released on Friday night showing 67.2 per cent did not support the Government’s partial sell-off of Air New Zealand, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power and Meridian Energy.

Only 32.5 per cent of those who cast a vote backed the share floats.

All-up, just 44 per cent of eligible voters took part in the referendum.

Key, speaking this afternoon at the former Hobsonville Airbase north-west of Auckland, described the referendum as a “publicity stunt” which had cost the tax-payer up to $9m.

“Around about a quarter of New Zealanders voted against asset sales,” Key said.   Read more »

Key to ignore referendum result

The whole Referendum was a farce from start to end.  Signatures harvested through paying collectors with tax payers’ money, missing the mark, having to do it again, Labour and their Green Taliban leaders managed to piss away $9M of your money on yet another pointless exercise.

Prime Minister John Key has indicated his Government will take little notice of the result of the referendum, describing it as a political stunt by Labour and the Greens which has cost the taxpayer $9 million.

Mr Key has said the result would be “interesting” if it showed voters who opposed the asset sales programme totalled more than a million – the number of votes National got at the last election which was largely fought on the issue. The Electoral Commission figures issued last night show that 895,322 voters opposed the asset sales.

Mr Key and Mr English have said in recent weeks that the Genesis sale remains on track in spite of market chatter the sale is now unlikely to proceed as planned.

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Comment of the Day

Consistency would be nice.

When National won the election on a platform including partial asset sales, the Green Taliban said that the fact National didn’t get more than 50% of the eligible vote, they didn’t have a mandate.

Flegin, one of our commenters puts the same theory to the test on the referendum result.

So basically going by the Green/Labour method of vote counting there is no mandate to cease asset sales as only 30% of the eligible voters are against it.

That settles that then.

UPDATE:

Another pearler, from reader Michael, just this morning:

Some perspective:
2009 CIR to repeal smacking law changes had 1,470,755 votes jn favour
1999 CIR to reduce the number of MPs to 99 had 1,678,054 votes in favour
1999 CIR for tougher sentencing for criminalsvhad 1,886,705 votes in favour

Given the CIRs that the Greens and Labour don’t support have far more support than their one, will they be changing policy to reflect popular support?