Key not ruling out snap election over water rights

The Prime Minister has not dismissed the idea of calling a snap election if the Supreme Court this week goes against the Government on the water rights case.

It was put to John Key that his party's key policy of partially privatising state assets could be in tatters if the court rules in favour of the Maori Council case before it.

Mr Key was asked whether he would consider going to the country over the issue.

He says if he was to answer the question, he would invite criticism that he was being disrespectful of our highest court in that if he didn't like the decision he'd do something about it.

The court is expected to deliver its decision this week.


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