Wa­ter greed

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Labour’s in­ten­tion to pay part of their wa­ter tax to iwi demon­strates ab­so­lute po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion.

Fresh wa­ter is con­stantly cre­ated and trans­ported by the sun as part of the very air we breathe be­fore be­ing de­liv­ered by grav­ity.

Re­gard­less of the wa­ter driv­ing a tur­bine, pass­ing through a di­ges­tive tract or ir­ri­ga­tion, the cy­cle con­tin­u­ally re­news our fresh wa­ter.

To claim own­er­ship of fresh wa­ter which in all prob­a­bil­ity was evap­o­rated off the ter­ri­to­rial seas of Aus­tralia is non­sense and all about naked greed.

For Labour to as­sign own­er­ship to a sec­tor based on race is im­moral and will heap a curse on fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Ki­wis of all races.

If Labour do set this dan­ger­ous prece­dent for their own po­lit­i­cal ends then they are naı¨ve or stupid if they hon­estly be­lieve iwi will be con­tent with pay­out only from ir­ri­ga­tors and bot­tlers.

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