The results of the asset sales referendum show that New Zealanders oppose the sale of state-owned assets by a margin of more than two to one.
The mediocre referendum turnout shows that New Zealanders aren’t really that worried about asset sales.
I was surprised at how many people voted. I thought the turnout would be poor, given the time of year, and because National has already said it will ignore the result. But 44% is a great result.
Less than half the people registered to vote even bothered to vote. It’s a massive failure, and the whole thing has been a waste of taxpayer money. Clearly people just don’t care enough about the issue.
The resounding referendum result shows that National has no mandate to sell any state-owned assets.
The low turnout shows that National still has a mandate for its partial asset sales programme.
National must listen to the people, and abandon plans to sell Genesis Energy.
The people had a chance to tell the government how they felt about asset sales, but most of them couldn’t be bothered to do so. It’s business as usual for John Key’s government.
The whole exercise has been a waste of money.
You can’t put a price on democracy.
This is a slap in the face for National.
This is a slap in the face for Labour and the Greens.