Letter: View of government policy from South Africa

Last updated 12:00 08/11/2012

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OPINION: I see that the vote on the Ross Sea is the latest in the Government's conservation-for-sale policies - the latest in a line of ignominy alongside its proposals for open- cast mining on conservation land, deep-sea oil drilling on our coastline, fracking, and the failure to protect the critically endangered Maui's dolphin ahead of fishing interests.

The Government's alleged ''vision'' is, seemingly, short-term financial gain against the benefits of preservation of our land and resources for future generations. This is similar to the Crafar farms saga and proposed asset sales.

It shows a Government out of touch with the wishes of most New Zealanders, determined to push ahead for short-term financial gain and undermining the potential for some of those same assets to drive our future growth in a world of increasingly scarce resources.

In the choice between the perfumed personality of Prime Minister John Key and the stench of government policies for sale to the highest bidder, I hope the perfume wears off before more damage is done.

MARLENE STEPHENSON

Sandton, Gauteng

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