Parliament

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

 

National Backs Team Effort On Kyoto

27 March 2002

"Meat New Zealand's call for a combined approach by agricultural industries against the Government's plans to ratify the Kyoto Protocol reveals just how out of touch Helen Clark and Jim Sutton are with the productive sector on the issue," says National's Agriculture spokesman Gavan Herlihy.

Mr Herlihy says Meat Board chairman Jeff Grant has appealed for the agriculture sector to band together and lobby the Government not to ratify the protocol until the costs and benefits are more clearly defined.

"This is exactly the same message that National has been telling the Government for some time.

"However, it continues to ignore numerous business and primary sector concerns about the sense of New Zealand ratifying Kyoto ahead of competing trading nations - particularly Australia and the US.

"Without providing any data or facts on what it might cost the country, Helen Clark is still determined to head off to South Africa in September and sign New Zealand up to this binding international agreement.

"She is deliberately putting the country's future economic well-being at risk just to further her standing with her fellow left-leaning, 'progressive' socialist' counterparts around the world."

Meanwhile, Gavan Herlihy says Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton's arrogant dismissal of the agriculture sectors' genuine concerns is yet another example of his Government's attitude.

"It is clear Jim Sutton and the Labour/Alliance Government put greater priority on obtaining an expensive photo opportunity for Helen Clark than what their actions will do to New Zealand's productive sector.

"Jeff Grant's call for a combined effort by the farming sector over its opposition to Kyoto ratification is a clear message to Government from the sector and one that Jim Sutton can't keep running from," Mr Herlihy concluded.

Ends

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election