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Govt ETS message to households

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Govt ETS message to households: you're on your own!

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says it seems his worst fears have been realised following an exchange in Parliament today with Climate Change Minister, David Parker.

"For weeks, I have been pressing the Government to come up with figures showing the likely cost to New Zealand households of the introduction of a carbon emissions trading scheme and further, what its plans are for compensating households for the increased costs they will bear so that New Zealand can look good to the international hairshirt brigade.

"Under pressure during Question Time in the House today, Mr Parker snapped that households were likely to be compensated solely for increased electricity prices.

"So it seems that last week's tax cuts were indeed the down payment to Kiwi households for future costs as I feared, and not the payoff for past good times.

"Every week, the evidence is mounting that the ETS will harm ordinary New Zealanders and it will be interesting to see just who supports the ETS legislation when it is reported back from select committee in a couple of weeks," said Mr Dunne.

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