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FFNZ Oppose Moratorium On Aquaculture Industry

19 February 2002

Federated Farmers opposes the imposition of the moratorium on the aquaculture industry because of the abrupt changing of the rules regarding aquaculture applications, the lack of certainty imposed by those changes; and the retrospective nature of the legislation.

Federated Farmers Vice President Tom Lambie was addressing the Primary Production Select Committee considering the Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium Amendment) Bill this evening.

"Consent applicants are entitled to certainty in the regimes under which applications for resource consents will be processed. Certainty is an aspect of sustainable management, which is the purpose of the Resource Management Act itself and the various planning instruments that derive from it," said Mr Lambie.

"Abusing the power of Parliament to retrospectively attack private property rights is becoming a bad habit of Government. The Federation succeeded in getting a similar retrospective attack thrown out of the Electricity Industry Bill last year. We must succeed in this again.

"The Bill amounts to a confiscation of private property rights. Federated Farmers considers that if this moratorium is to proceed those who are disadvantaged by its retrospective nature should be entitled to compensation.

"The Bill is simply not necessary. In many cases the issues contained in the Bill have already been addressed at local level. Those other Councils who have yet to work through the issues should simply get on with it."

ENDS

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