9 Jul 2013

Asset sales petition re-submitted to Parliament

8:46 am on 9 July 2013

A petition seeking a referendum on partial asset sales has been re-submitted to Parliament with an extra 51,000 signatures.

The first time the petition was checked, it failed to reach the number of valid signatures - 308,000 - needed to trigger a referendum.

The delivery of the Keep Our Assets petition to Parliament on Monday, for the second time, was a quiet affair.

The first time it was submitted, all the groups involved in the coalition turned out and made speeches outside Parliament. This time it was just Grey Power president Roy Reid who walked alone through Parliament to hand over the revised petition to the Clerk of the House for checking.

Mr Reid says gathering an extra 51,000 signatures in eight weeks is a good result, and shows public support for a referendum on asset sales is as strong as ever. He says he is fairly hopeful they will have enough valid signatures to force a referendum.