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


Dunne applauds belated Green support

Media statement
For immediate release

Monday, 26 January 2004

Dunne applauds belated Green support

United Future leader Peter Dunne today applauded the Green Party for signing up to a ‘waste-free New Zealand’ policy that he announced 14 years ago.

“As Associate Minister for the Environment in the then Labour Government, I announced on August 3, 1990, a policy aimed at reducing the household rubbish mountain by 20% by 1993,” he said.

“The policy included a major push in the promotion of recycling schemes, making landfills more environmentally sensitive and possible legislation to ban the use of marine pollutants such as plastic yokes around beer cans, which threatened marine life.

“As usual, the self-appointed green activists of the time opposed the policy, saying it didn’t go far enough, which is the customary response of people who are averse to hard work and would prefer standing outside in the street just shouting.”

The policy was never implemented because of a change in Government in late 1990.

Mr Dunne said the Green Party waste policy announced today, was a welcome return to commonsense by a party that usually wastes its time and taxpayer money promoting more drug use and less international trade.


© 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