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Labour buries its head in sand over ETS

Hon David Carter MP National Party Agriculture Spokesman

3 September 2008

Labour buries its head in sand over ETS

Climate Change Minister David Parker has yet again buried his head in the sand over the effect the ETS will have on New Zealand's primary sector, says National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter.

"Mr Parker is quoted in today's NZ Herald saying that 'there was no evidence the scheme would have an adverse impact on agriculture'.

"Clearly, Mr Parker is either playing fast and loose with the truth or he has simply failed to read the excellent report on the matter prepared by one of the Government's lead agencies on the ETS.

"The MAF paper 'Projected Impacts of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme at the Farm Level', released earlier this year, states explicitly that 'as expected, all farm types will suffer adverse profit effects'. "This black and white statement reflects similar findings in comprehensive research done by organisations ranging from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Meat & Wool NZ, Fonterra, and AgResearch. "The only person trying to deny that the ETS won't have a significant impact on agriculture appears to be Mr Parker.

"It is time that Mr Parker and the Minister of Agriculture stop this glib talk and own up to the very real potential that this ETS will have a major effect on our vital agriculture sector. "National is committed to including agriculture in an ETS but we will work with the sector to ensure that any adverse impact is alleviated and that our farming communities are not driven into economic ruin. "Let's just hope that Labour can take its head out of the sand and start listening to MAF's advice on this issue".


Link to MAF Report "Projected Impacts of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme at the Farm Level" pdf

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