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Government’s ECFA report rejected

WASTED PAPERThe DPP complained that the information in the report was already public information and was nothing it had requested ahead of the Ma-Tsai debate

By Vincent Y. Chao and Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTERS

On Monday last week, Ma again asked the two agencies to produce the information before yesterday, adding that Tsai also should provide him with some information by yesterday, for fairness’ sake. He requested information on why the opposition opposed the pact and what alternatives it would suggest if the proposed accord were not signed.

Tsai Chi-chang said at the time that the administration was “good for nothing” because it asked an opposition party to provide them with information on something it was not party to.

On whether the Presidential Office has changed its mind to support a referendum, Lo said whether they were in favor of a referendum or not was beside the point because it was up to the initiator to launch the campaign and complete the process as stipulated in the 苧eferendum Act (公投法).

“But even if we are not against it, it does not necessarily mean we are in favor,” he said.

Asked whether the Referendum Review Committee would use technicalities to boycott the proposal, as happened with the first bid for a referendum, Lo said it was unlikely because the committee was “fair and free of political interference.”

Lo said Ma never said he opposed referendum bids launched in accordance with the law and that he merely “pointed out the fact” that it was not the norm for a country to mount a referendum to decide whether to sign a free-trade agreement with another country.

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