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

 


Hodgson Says 'We Got It Wrong'

Hodgson Says 'We Got It Wrong'

Monday 22 Sep 2003 Gerry Eckhoff Press Releases -- Rural -- ACT Rural Website

Climate Control Convenor Pete Hodgson's admission that the amount he would demand from farmers, to fund methane gas emissions research could be lower than expected, reflects badly on Labour and its officials, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.

"Mr Hodgson's announcement shows just how shonky, and shallow, the research justifying this tax on the farming sector is. Just a few short weeks ago, the Minister was determined to sock it to farmers, and force them to fork out $8.4 million for greenhouse gas research," Mr Eckhoff said.

"Now, after they've bothered to do a little investigative work, they've discovered what I've been saying for months - and what farmers already knew - that much of the work had already been done.

"Mr Hodgson and the Labour Government are desperate to save face. They are burning the midnight oil trying to find a way out of this self-imposed mess. I call on those involved in negotiations not to bend. The Minister has admitted that he's got it all wrong.

"The fundamental principle that farming leaders cannot compromise in their negotiations is the absolute requirement that farmers determine for themselves what they spend their research dollars on. They must not allow Labour to wriggle out of a tight spot.

"Farming negotiators must understand the depth of feeling on this issue. It is not just about the `Fart Tax' but, also, the rights of farmers to spend their money on the research they approve of. Farming leaders will get no thanks from those they represent if they compromise with Labour - a Government that is wrong in both principle and practice," Mr Eckhoff said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news