24 Feb 2012

Shearer attacks Govt again over land, asset sales

6:45 pm on 24 February 2012

Labour leader David Shearer says his party will do what is best for New Zealanders - not what will benefit foreign investors or other economies.

Mr Shearer used a speech on Friday to again attack the National Government over land sales to foreigners and its plans to partially sell some state assets.

Mr Shearer told a meeting of North Shore Grey Power members on Friday that he wants a new kind of politics, pragmatic and attentive to what works and not tied up in the squabbles of the past.

Mr Shearer says politicians should be prepared to accept ideas according to whether they work, not where they come from.

He says he intends to create a new destiny for New Zealand, not to sell its assets and land and hope the buyers will act in the country's interests.

He took a swing at National's campaign slogan 'For a brighter future' - saying: "You can't sell your way to a brighter future".