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Brash compounds lie to Parliament

22 June 2005

Brash compounds lie to Parliament

By failing to correct his lie to Parliament yesterday, National Party leader Don Brash is holding both Parliament and the people of New Zealand in contempt says Acting Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change Trevor Mallard.

Brash lied when he asserted that the government had sent a report to the United Nations (UN) on New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions forecast for the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 2008 – 2012, in April this year.

Nick Smith first made the allegation in a Select Committee meeting last week and was quickly corrected by Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change Pete Hodgson and officials.

Notwithstanding being appraised of the facts, Smith repeated his false allegation in a press statement in Friday 17 June. His misleading statement was quickly clarified in a press release from Pete Hodgson making it clear what reports where sent where and when.

Despite Smith being told twice in the Select Committee and a public statement being made stating the facts, Don Brash repeated the false allegation in Parliament yesterday.

"This man aspires to be Prime Minister yet can't tell the truth in Parliament even though the facts are in the public domain. Then he fails to front up," says Trevor Mallard. "If he can't be honest about something as simple as a report being sent to the UN, who on earth can believe his tax plans?

"Don Brash asserts that you can have massive tax cuts and big boosts to public spending but that they won't have to be paid for. How on earth can this be true?

"Paying for his promises by slashing services and sacking thousands of public servants would be bad enough, but it gets worse. He also plans to make room for tax cuts by borrowing money from overseas that will have to be paid back with interest. Those interest charges will most likely be reflected in everybody's mortgage rates.

"So while Don Brash, John Key and their millionaire banker mates all get a massive income hike, it'll be ordinary New Zealanders that will foot the bill through reduced health and education provision and higher mortgage rates."

ENDS

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