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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Keep Our Port Public Website

The Christchurch coalition set up to oppose the plans of CCHL to sell the Lyttelton Port Company to a Hong Kong multinational now have their own website.

Here you can find PDFs of a poster and petition opposing the sale to Hutchison Port Holdings, as well as Murray Horton's excellent article on why the council should not sell the port.

While it has been reported that Hutchison has pulled out of the deal, this pullout may only be temporary. The city council have made it pretty clear they plan to gain all the shares in the port, and then approach Hutchison once again. The privatisers are still hard at work in Christchurch City Hall! I will post more on this in the next few days.

This is much more than just a Christchurch local body issue. For a number of years there has been speculation of a 'consolidation' in the port sector, meaning that port operations in New Zealand could be concentrated in one or two major ports, with serious economic development ramifications for the regions that lose out. Our city council is being seriously naive to assume that selling to Hutchison is going to make Lyttelton one of the 'chosen few'. As soon as Hutchison gain control of another large port in New Zealand they could attempt to wind down Lyttelton if it meant more money for Hutchison. Secondly, Hutchison have shown an interest in the Auckland Port...

Greater co-operation between New Zealand ports is the best way to ensure shipping companies and large multinationals do not succeed in playing our ports off against each other.


At 10:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is disgusting. The sooner the port is sold, the better.

At 11:56 am, Blogger Joe Hendren said...

My, what a profound troll you are.

Why don't you attempt to construct an argument in support of your position instead?

At 3:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really is tiresome dealing with people like you.

You want a constructive argument? Everything that can be said about the failures of public ownership has been said. People such as yourself are too smug to think about problems, which is why you have never learn anything about these failures.

You suffer from the basic problem of flawed ideology, from which there is no effective argument.

In fact, the argument in favour of political argument is tiresome. I know perfectly that you are not interested in arguments. You're a stupid little sh*t, trying desperatively to push your failed political ideology onto people.

Thankfully, though, the lesson of the failure of large-scale public ownership has been learnt. And, we now have politicians that are prepared to stand-up for the protection of people and their rights, rather than follow failured political ideology. People such as the major, Garry Moore, who genuinely want to help people.

The people pushing for the sale of the port should be congratulated. They are doing an important public service.


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