The Asset Sales Dichotomy

Both Labour and the Greens don’t want asset sales. But there is a problem with their insistance on retaining assets “we already own”. Again it is Deborah Coddington that succinctly explains the problem with their positions:

What about that whining nephew who says he already owns the beach house because granddad built it in 1921 and the whole family contributed labour to improvements over the years? Remind him about the free holidays he’s had, and the rent, power, rates and maintenance for which he’s only paid a fraction. Inheritance isn’t a given.

And if he still doesn’t get it, ask how he matches his argument with Labour-Greens’ policy to charge the agriculture sector for water to irrigate. Because if every single taxpayer already owns state assets, then the same argument applies that landowners already own their water.

Of course while the Greens and Labour only want to protect public assets, they are quite happy to steal, or abscond with private assets or property rights.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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