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


NZ Should Not Go Into Cold Alone On Kyoto

"Government is putting thousands of New Zealanders jobs in agriculture and heavy industry at risk by rushing ahead of Australia in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol," says National leader Bill English.

Mr English issued this warning in outlining National's position on the Kyoto Protocol at the EMA's Northern summit in Auckland today.

"If New Zealand is legally bound by Kyoto and Australia is not, there will be a strong incentive for industry like steel and cement manufacturing as well as oil refining to jump the Tasman - leaving New Zealanders having to import these products.

"The tragedy for New Zealand is we will have sacrificed jobs and wealth for no benefit to the environment. This is no recipe to lift New Zealand back to the top of the OECD standings."

Mr English says the Government has put the cart before the horse on climate change.

"Firstly, it announced the decision to ratify Kyoto and then decides it will put on a roadshow to 'consult' the public on whether it should ratify. Then it tries to analyse the cost of ratifying before determining its domestic policy response.

"There is no justification for this rushed and botched process when the agreement does not take effect until 2008. It seems the need for a good photo opportunity in Johannesburg for the Prime Minister is more important than developing a policy that will work for New Zealand's environment and economy.

"New Zealand should not be going out into the cold alone on climate change."

Mr English says National would put New Zealand's interests first and take a more cautious approach.

"We would move to ratify only after developing a viable domestic policy and an open assessment of the costs. We would also ensure New Zealand moved in parallel with our Asian-Pacific trading partners.

"I challenge Ms Clark to hold off ratification and make it an election issue. We are confident New Zealanders will support this more balanced and thoughtful approach from National," Mr English concluded.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news