“Green Minister Eugenie Sage has forgotten her commitment to natural justice and due process when making the newly-announced restrictions on foreign investment retrospective,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
The Land Information Minister’s new foreign investment directive will mean the Government is shifting the goalposts on applicants who applied under the old rules, a clear violation of the principles of natural justice.
“This from a Minister who, when in Opposition, railed against the then-Government’s attempts to subvert due process when it came to the Christchurch rebuild, ECAN, the SkyCity Convention Centre, the Resource Management Legislation Bill and many, many other issues.
“In 2013, she said of Gerry Brownlee: ‘When we have seen a Government engage in shonky deals, backroom deals like Skycity, where it favours its business mates, does not put it out to open tender, and does not follow due process, we do not have very high expectations of this Minister. But he needs to follow due process.’