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Government can't sustain its own rhetoric

Government can't sustain its own rhetoric

The Green Party is challenging the Government to live up to its commitment that "sustainable development must be at the core of all Government policy".

"The Government is a fraud when it comes to sustainability," Green Co-leader Rod Donald said today.

"It's happy to strut the world stage claiming New Zealand is a leader in sustainable development, but when it comes to putting its money where its mouth is, here at home, it backs-off fast.

"There's no better illustration of this 'greenwash' than the Government's refusal to incorporate its own sustainability principles into the new crown entity created by the NZ Trade and Enterprise Bill.

"This Government is very happy to talk the talk. Industry NZ even produced a magazine on sustainable development which included the sentence: 'Sustainable growth has become a catch-cry...but the wider goal of sustainable development is the more important target.'

"A legislative commitment to sustainable development would have sent a strong signal that this Government genuinely wants industry to reach higher environmental standards and to take account of social needs and goals," Rod Donald said.

"It is fraudulent of the Government to use words it has no intention of honouring.

"I will be moving amendments to the Bill, to give effect to the Government's stated commitment to sustainable development."

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