Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

PM Should Back Deputy,Cullen On Contract Sanctity

PM Should Back Deputy And Cullen On Sanctity Of Contract

Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton and Finance Minister Michael Cullen have received praise from an unexpected quarter today with ACT saying the pair should be commended for their newfound support and appreciation of the sanctity of contract.

ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said Dr Cullen and Mr Anderton have correctly identified the importance of existing contracts for the continued, sustainable harvest of rimu from managed West Coast forests. He said the pair have not been seduced by the Greens deception to confuse this ongoing sustainable harvest from Westland forests with the transitional rimu overcut in Buller.

An international forestry expert, Ken Shirley believes that having accepted the logic of ongoing sustainable harvest from rimu forests, the Government’s position with regard to beech is untenable. “Beech is a much faster growing species than the rimu podocarp with prolific natural reseeding,” he said.

“The whole value of the West Coast Accord was that a small area of the West Coast (5%) was identified for ongoing sustainable management of both beech and podocarp harvest in perpetuity. The Government has now been foot-tripped by its own rhetoric,” he said.

“Hopefully they will now be able to persuade the Prime Minister of the importance of contract sanctity so that West Coasters can conduct their business and go about their lives without the constant risk of politicians shifting the goal posts,” said Ken Shirley.

“Possibly by now Dr Cullen and Jim Anderton have also had time to reflect on the breach of contract arising from their reneging on the West Coast Accord,” he said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.

“Housing NZ is committed to redressing the hardship these tenants faced...” More>>

 

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels