A former human rights commissioner has attacked the media for claiming "racism" is behind criticism of farm sales in New Zealand.
Instead Bruce Slane suggests "powerful lobbyists " may be behind the closed door decision making.
"The review of policy is being conducted by the Treasury in secret. It invites submissions - but only a technical group made up of lawyers who act for overseas companies are allowed in on the debate."Slane was human rights commissioner for 11 years, and calls on lobbyists like the Business Round Table, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Business New Zealand and the CTU "to make their submissions public."
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