COMMENT:

If tantrums are rewarded, toddlers learn to throw them again. The same is true of multinational companies.

Yet again, the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter claims it will be forced to close unless it gets another taxpayer handout.

Its management says that while it made a $220 million profit last year, the price of aluminium has since dropped 25 per cent so it is now losing money.

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