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

 


Flawed ETS bill will be amended by National

Hon Dr Nick Smith
National Party Climate Change Spokesman

11 September 2008

Flawed ETS bill will be amended by National

The rushed passage of the Emissions Trading Bill will be a hospital pass for the incoming government, says National's Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith.

"This bill is riddled with errors that will cost New Zealand households and businesses dearly.

"Labour has learnt nothing from its nine years of policy failures on climate change. They keep rushing out poorly thought out proposals that end up falling apart while emissions keep growing faster and faster.

"This is déjà vu. Labour did the same rushed job on the electoral finance law and made the same empty promises after hundreds of amendments, but the law has subsequently proved to be unworkable.

"Not a single MP can claim to have understood the 785 amendments that were introduced and passed on the same day, yet a single word wrong in this critical law can cost tens of millions of dollars.

"This gung ho attitude to such an important bill has been driven by Helen Clark's desperate desire to actually do something other than just talk about climate change. It has nothing to do with producing a balanced, workable scheme.

"National will have a difficult job amending this bill into a functional emissions trading scheme.

"We want a workable scheme in place by 2010, and to that end we will introduce a package of amendments next year consistent with our ten-page minority report."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?

As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...

Even if it were true, it would actually be very easy for English and any other guilty colleagues, to give the extra money away. There are any number of food banks or homeless shelters who would be able to put the money to good use. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

143 Troops, Possible SAS Deployment, Legalities Unsorted: PM’s Statement On ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL... More>>

ALSO:

Liu Saga: PM's Dinner With Controversial Donor

John Key must front up to New Zealand and say what he discussed with Donghua Liu when the disgraced businessman paid $25,000 for the Prime Minister to come to dinner at his Remuera home, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Roads: National MP 'Concerned' At Overseas Driver Crashes

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said she was concerned at the number of fatal crashes involving overseas licence holders and she really felt that the time had come for more to be done. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parole Bill Passes

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news