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


Green MPs selling-out the livelihood of farmers

Gavan Herlihy

National Agriculture Spokesman

12 September 2000

Green MPs selling-out the livelihood of farmers

"The antics of Green MPs Nandor Tanczos and Sue Bradford are a slap in the face for hard working kiwi farmers whose livelihoods depend on New Zealand's ability to trade their agricultural products in the world marketplace," National's Agriculture Spokesman Gavan Herlihy said today.

The two Green MPs have been taking part in protests at the Asia Pacific Economic Summit in Melbourne, with media reports indicating the pair have today been involved in scuffles with Police.

"Involvement in valid protests is a basic right. But you have to question the mental state of adults who oppose all forms of trade," Mr Herlihy said.

"As an agricultural nation our trading relationships are the life-blood of this country. To those people working in the agricultural sector the actions of these lefty-loony MPs are tantamount to treason.

"The presence of two de facto Government MPs in a rowdy demonstration harm the image and reputation of our country, and send an undesirable message about the reliability of our Government.

"These two MPs need to grow up and enter the real world, and as parliamentarians put their energies into working for New Zealand, not against New Zealand" Gavan Herlihy said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election