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

 


Govt abuses urgency to extend Anadarko Amendment

17 May 2013

Govt abuses urgency to extend Anadarko Amendment

The Government is trying to pass legislation under urgency which would make the Anadarko Amendment – which limits protest at sea – apply to an additional 1.7 million square kilometres, the Green Party said today.

Just last month, the Government passed an amendment to the Crown Minerals Act, dubbed the Anadarko Amendment, that limited protest activity in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and territorial sea but did not apply to the high seas. Today, under urgency, the Government will try to pass a bill that will extend the limits on protest activity to the high seas over New Zealand’s extended continental shelf, beyond the exclusive economic zone – up to 350 miles from New Zealand’s coastline.

“It is outrageous the Government is now using urgency to sneak through changes that would limit protest activity on New Zealand’s entire continental shelf, which is quite possibly a breach of international law,” said Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“The Government shouldn’t put the business agenda of large foreign oil companies ahead of the legal and human rights of New Zealanders.

“This law change is likely to protect the interests of the self-described “mega government owned company” China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Shell.”

These companies recently submitted a joint application for a petroleum prospecting permit which extends beyond the EEZ and into New Zealand’s extended continental shelf.

“It is staggering that, without public scrutiny, the Government is about to give itself jurisdiction over protesting on the high seas – a move that clearly has international ramifications,” said Mr Hughes.

“It is dubious that New Zealand even has the legal powers to do this and it opens New Zealand up to legal challenge.

“Our own Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says New Zealand does not have special rights to the fisheries above the continental shelf beyond the EEZ or to control other activities such as shipping, yet the Government is proposing to make laws to establish exclusion zones around oil ships.

“Once again the Government is making law for their big business mates and offshore oil companies.”

References:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: “States do not have any special rights to the water column above the continental shelf; so New Zealand does not have special rights to the fisheries above the continental shelf beyond the EEZ or to control other activities such as shipping.” Source: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Treaties-and-International-Law/04-Law-of-the-Sea-and-Fisheries/NZ-Continental-Shelf-and-Maritime-Boundaries.php

Ministry for the Environment: “In areas where the continental shelf extends beyond 200NM from the baselines, the water itself above the continental shelf is not within New Zealand’s jurisdiction and is part of the high seas.” Source: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/oceans/jurisdictional.html

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news