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


What is National's forestry policy?

25 August 2005

Brash needs to confirm what is National's forestry policy

It scarcely seems possible but National's forestry and environment spokesmen have again contradicted themselves over National's plan to log New Zealand's conservation areas, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today.

"National's environment spokesman Nick Smith said on National Radio this morning and I quote: National's [forestry] policy has not yet been released. It will be released in the next few weeks and there is an absolute commitment from National that there will be less indigenous trees cut down."

"Now National's forestry spokesman Brian Connell has told NZPA that actually National's policy will definitely lead to more native trees being cut down. What is more, he says the policy was approved by National's caucus and he's been promoting it for some weeks.

NZPA says: "Asked if it [National's forestry policy] would lead to a rise in the number of native trees logged within New Zealand, Mr Connell said: "Of course, because you are not allowed to harvest them at the moment unless there's very clear exceptions".

"This situation has reached the point of farce. It seems the only thing Smith and Connell can agree on is that National will be starting logging on conservation land," Mr Carter said.

"It is time National's leader Don Brash revealed which of National's spokesman he agrees with, and which is actually National's policy."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

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>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news