The Flaw in Labour’s Anti Land Selling Strategy

Labour has reacted to their focus group results and launched a new policy on the fly about land sales.

National think it is confused. New Zealand First think it steals their ideas. The Greens think it doesn’t go far enough.

The Government has attacked plans to restrict foreign investors from buying rural land as “confused”.

Labour leader David Shearer yesterday revealed a new member’s bill to limit the discretion of ministers to consent to overseas buyers.

The proposed legislation – which would have to be drawn from the ballot to progress – said foreigners must prove that they can bring “substantial benefits”.

But a spokesman for Finance Minister Bill English said Labour wanted to turn foreign buyers down on political grounds.

“The proposals are pretty confused,” he said.

“Labour wants to get rid of some tests the Government thinks are pretty important – for example, market competition, protection of native vegetation and fauna and walking access.

“And they want to be able to turn down applications on pure political grounds – even if they meet all the tests. As a small country, New Zealand needs to be clear with international investors what the rules are if we are to capture the benefits of overseas investment Labour talks about.”

 

The real problem is it means we can’t sell Palmerston North to the Chinese.


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