Parliament

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

 

Act’s Campaign Against The ETS Continues

Act’s Campaign Against The ETS Continues

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand


"The backlash against the Government’s ETS is continuing to build, with National scrambling to justify itself despite the fact that pushing ahead with the ETS no longer makes sense, ACT Climate Change Spokesman John Boscawen said today.

"The ETS is not going to make an iota of difference to the world’s climate – the very thing it was intended to do – therefore the costs it will impose on our economy are utterly pointless," Mr Boscawen said.

"From the year commencing July 1, Treasury forecasts petrol prices to rise by four cents per litre and electricity by five percent. These costs will make their way through the whole economy, increasing the cost of everything.

"Meat and Wool estimate that, for the year commencing July 1 2010, the average dairy farmer will incur a cost of $3,900 per annum - increasing to $7,800 per annum from January 1 2013. Farmers will incur these costs long before agriculture officially comes into the ETS in 2015. Any tax savings farmers received in this week’s budget will be wiped out by the $3,900 ETS tax unless they currently earn over $150,000 per annum.

"The budget also confirmed the allocation of over $1 billion dollars in emissions credits to foresters. Most of these will go to forests planted in the 1990s when there was absolutely no expectation of a windfall taxpayer subsidy – yet, now all New Zealanders must pay.

"I look forward to taking the campaign to the people of Southland, and in particular, the Clutha-Southland electorate which is the electorate of the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English. I urge everyone to come along and find out the true costs they will face with the implementation of this new tax," Mr Boscawen said.

The next series of meetings will be held in the following areas:

May 24
Gore: 11am, The Cumming Wing, Ardwick Street

Winton: 3:30pm, The Salvation Army Hall, 7 Dejoux Road

Invercargill: 7:30pm, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Kelvin Hotel, Cnr Kelvin & Esk Streets

May 31
Auckland: 7pm: The Marist Clubhouse, (North Harbour Stadium Grounds)

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election