|Save the Napier - Gisbourn rail link petition dumped by National.|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:33|
Save the rail petition dumped by National
Committee chair, Hamilton East National MP David Bennett (middle)
“The dumping of the petition shows National is continuing to duck for cover over the future of the Gisborne rail line. It is ignoring the concerns of more than 10,000 residents who signed it and shows an arrogant disregard for Mayor Meng Foon and rail supporters who travelled to Wellington to present the petition.
“Earlier in the week, I questioned the Chair of the Transport and Industrial Relations select committee, David Bennett, about the progress of the petition given it had been languishing there since the beginning of May.
“Two days later, the committee has now sent a report back to the House stating it does not believe there are any matters needing investigation despite Opposition members pushing for the petition to be progressed.
"It is usually the convention that petitioners and government officials be invited to provide a written submission, and from there the committee decides whether or not to hear from the petitioners in person. On an issue this important, and with so many signatures, I would have expected the Mayor at least to have been invited to present to the committee in person.