Parliament

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

 

Dunne: Households vital for ETS and biofuels

Media statement
For immediate release
Friday, 16 May 2008

Dunne: Households vital for ETS and biofuels

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the party’s future support of both the Emissions Trading Scheme and the biofuels legislation currently before Parliament hinge on the issue of the impact on household budgets.

“If both of these Bills add significantly to the living costs of New Zealand households, without adequate compensation, we will not be supporting them any further.

“Without the support of New Zealand households, already reeling from the uncertainty and impact of rapidly rising living costs, neither the Emissions Trading Scheme nor the move to biofuels is sustainable.

“The New Zealand public will not stand for massively increased food and living costs as the price of this government’s climate change response,” he says.

Mr Dunne says he is becoming increasingly alarmed by the government’s “glib and cavalier” approach to the household costs issue.

“They have talked vaguely of compensation for some of this for some households, but have failed, despite my many promptings, to be in any way specific about what the increased costs to households will be, and about precisely how they are to be compensated.

“They seem much more interested in getting the measures through as quickly as possible, so they can parade their environmental credentials at election time.

“Even more alarming is their apparent increasing imperviousness to criticism on the issue.

“Every time they are challenged to provide more information, they simply attack their critics as trying to delay things,” he says.

Mr Dunne says UnitedFuture has always supported the principle of an Emissions Trading Scheme and the move to biofuels, but thinks it only right that the New Zealand public are fully informed about the cost implications to their households of such moves.

“It would be irresponsible in the extreme to give full support to these proposals while the people of New Zealand are being kept so much in the dark about the implications for them and their families.

“This has eerie overtones of the carbon tax plan the government tried to rush through before the last election, only to have to withdraw it afterwards when it was advised its plans were unworkable, and we do not want to see a repeat of that debacle.

“The government may find these hard facts unpalatable, and therefore wish to keep them from people, but it will not get support for its flagship policies if it continues with this approach,” Mr Dunne says.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>

 
 

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election