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NBR “Crown agencies must now consider PPPs – English” – Auckland Mayoral candidate Penny Bright’s reply:

www.nbr.co.nz/article/crown-agencies-must-now-consider-ppps-english-127929?headsup=1

Crown agencies must now consider PPPs – English
Nina Fowler | Wednesday August 11, 2010 – 10:52am

Finance Minister Bill English today announced changes to the way government manages its assets and makes infrastructure decisions.

From today, all Crown agencies proposing projects with a whole-of-life cost over $25 million will be required to consider and evaluate public-private partnerships (PPPs) as an alternative procurement option.

Speaking at the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development Symposium in Auckland, Mr English said that PPPs will only be appropriate for some projects.

“But we believe putting this to the test will increase price competition and ensure that taxpayers get the best possible value for money.”

He acknowledged New Zealand’s limited overall scope for PPP projects compared to Australia – where 50 PPPs since 2000, worth $30b, still make up just 20% of projects.

“New Zealand is smaller and this means there will be more small and medium-sized projects and there is unlikely to be the same constant pipeline of PPP projects there is in Australia.”

Mr English has been impressed with market interest in New Zealand PPPs to date.

Raising accountability

Today’s reform package also includes plans to regularly publish a government investment statement, as signalled in the budget, with the first to be published by the end of the year.

The statements will clearly set out the Crown’s assets and liabilities, identify any emerging issues and state how the government plans to manage its large and growing investment in taxpayers’ assets.

A third measure will give chief executives greater discretion to commit to projects with a whole-of-life cost of less than $15 million – but with a “tighter focus on getting results”.

“Agencies will have to take a more consistent approach to the development of their business case with a focus on clearly displaying the economic and financial rationale for any investment,” Mr English said.

“In addition, they will be required to explicitly report back to the cabinet on the results of major investments so the government can ensure it is getting the expected benefits.”

The government holds about $220 billion of assets, forecast to grow by another $30 billion over the next four years.

“Despite those large sums, government knowledge and performance in this area has been poor,” Mr English said today.

Engineering groups Caenz and Ipenz have both published recent research reports calling for improvements to infrastructure asset management and investment.

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PPPs ARE Privatisation! Another National Govt broken promise

“Speaking at the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development Symposium in Auckland, Mr English said that PPPs will only be appropriate for some projects.

“But we believe putting this to the test will increase price competition and ensure that taxpayers get the best possible value for money.”

REALLY?

So how come on Bill English’s watch – Treasury was never asked to prepare ANY ‘cost-benefit’ analysis of the CCO model into which up to $28 billion worth of public assets are being placed?

It’s not complicated the corporate game plan – who interests this National Government are clearly serving.

First CCOs – then PPPs.

There has never been a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis of the CCO model, into which 75% of Auckland regional rates are proposed to be paid, which confirms the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of this model for the public majority, which has been carried out by:

The Royal Commission on Auckland Regional Governance.
The Office of the Auditor-General. (OAG)
The Department of Internal Affairs. (DIA)
The Auckland Transition Agency. (ATA)
Any of the 8 Councils in the Auckland region.
The NZ Treasury.

First CCOs – then PPPs.

Commercialise, corporatise then PRIVATISE through PPPs as opposed to wholesale selling off of public assets as happened in the first bout of ‘Rogernomic$’ that was inflicted upon the unsuspecting public majority in the 1980s.

Again – is this not a major ‘conflict of interest’ and potentially a form of corrupt practice to have arguably some of the ‘big snouts’ helping to make recommendations, and set up the framework from which they may financially benefit?

PPPs ARE privatisation.

Where is the income stream going?
Who will financially benefit?

Yet another broken promise from this ‘shonky’ John Key National Government to add to the growing list?

Oh well – the Auckland Council elections are giving the voting public the chance for the ‘protest vote from hell’.

For all those concerned citizens who are opposed to this latest Rogernomic$ corporate blitzkreig can vote for me, Penny Bright for Mayor, and give this Government a message in a binding poll which CANNOT be ignored.

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised Public Watchdog on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com
waterpressure@gmail.com

Posted by Penny Bright at 08:30 pm on August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010 - Posted by | Auckland Mayoral campaign, Fighting corruption in NZ, Stop the $uper City

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