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UF lays down RMA challenge to Nats, ACT

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Thursday, 8 May, 2003

UF lays down RMA challenge to Nats, ACT

United Future has cleared the way for National and ACT to come on board and support the Resource Management Act Amendment Bill (No2), the party's environment spokesman Larry Baldock said today.

"They've been talking and we've been doing," Mr Baldock said.

"Both the Nats and ACT have made a lot of noise about the heritage provisions of the Bill. They've been running up and down the country with rebel 'select committees' and the like, but we've simply quietly gone about the job and got things done.

"They were dead right: there were changes that needed to be made, and we've made them happen. They have no excuses left now for not backing this Bill," he said.

Today Parliament adopted a United Future amendment to the Bill, deleting the terms "spiritual", "cultural landscapes" and "ancestral landscapes" from the RMA.

"Now let's seem them put their money where their mouth is and back this Bill at the third reading.

"Or is grandstanding all that they're about these days? This is a big call for them. This is about integrity; this is about delivering the goods.

"Just last night, ACT called on United Future to stand or fall on this issue. Well we've driven it through. Now we're going to see what ACT is made of. It is time for them to decide if they wish to remain forever the six-percent party of far right irrelevance, or if they are here to do the job.

"And as for the Nats, Nick Smith has said that but for this issue, that this was a good Bill. Well, Nick, it's time to step up to the plate," Mr Baldock said. Ends.

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