This is one of the oldest political tricks in the book – introduce unpopular legislation just before the summer recess and hope that people are so preoccupied with summer holiday activities that hardly anyone gets around to making a submission before the closing date. The Government can then argue that most people weren’t all that concerned about the Bill because there were few submissions.
This is a truly appalling Bill – it’s packed full of measures that undermine local democracy and promote the privatisation of Auckland’s assets.
Sue Kedgley and David Clendon have prepared a submission guide to assist people wanting to make submissions.
And don’t forget the closing date – 12 February 2010.