Parliament

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

 

Government Continues To Renege On Coast

Monday 15th May 2000
Ken Shirley
Media Release -- Economy

ACT today said it came as no surprise that the Government had continued its ‘West Coast demolition job’ with the announcement by Pete Hodgson that the Government will renege on sustainable West Coast Rimu contracts.

ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said the decision by Cabinet today to end the sustainable rimu contracts by March 2002,instead of respecting the sanctity of those contracts due to expire in 2007, would come as no surprise to Coasters who did not trust the Government to honour them.

An international forestry expert, Mr Shirley said the Forests (West Coast Accord) Bill being introduced to Parliament today to cancel the 1986 West Coast Accord was an absolute breach of faith with the West Coast. The Bill confirms that no one can negotiate ‘in good faith’ with the Labour/Alliance Government because it had absolutely no respect for sanctity of contract and would break its word to appease extremist lobby groups. He said ACT would be strongly opposing the Bill.

“Pete Hodgson has stood in Wellington today and cost 50 West Coast sawmillers and their families their livelihoods. It’s another disgraceful performance from a Minister whose inability to put reason and fact before emotion has left the region’s entire future hanging in the balance,” said Ken Shirley.

Ken Shirley said he’s concerned that the Government cannot be trusted to hand over the $120 million ‘West Coast welfare payment’ to Coasters as promised.



“My fear is that this Government will tie the money up with so many strings that, at the end of the day, Coasters will be left with nothing. Even if money is made available, what guarantee is there that this Government won’t just suddenly decide to pull the plug on the Coast down the track?

“There is no justification for Helen Clark, Pete Hodgson, Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton breaking these sustainable contracts and putting the West Coast on welfare,” said Ken Shirley. 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

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions.

Agricultural emissions make up nearly half of New Zealand’s total emissions profile and are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

Sitting On Defence: Terms Of Reference For Defence Estate Review

“The 81,000 hectare Defence estate is at a crossroads; much of it is run down, and outdated,” says Ron Mark. “It needs to be improved in order to gain, train and retain our service people, now and into the future." More>>

ALSO:

Meng Foon: Retiring Gisborne Mayor To Be Race Relations Commissioner

Andrew Little: “He has an outstanding record as a relationship builder and walks comfortably in the pākehā world, the Māori world, the Chinese community and other communities making up New Zealand." More>>

ALSO:

NCEA: Students Granted Qualifications After Fees Scrapped

Almost 150,000 current and former students with unpaid NCEA fees have today been formally awarded their NCEA credits or qualifications. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels