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

 


Government to extend protest ban

Moana

MACKEY

Energy and Resources Spokesperson
17 May 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Government to extend protest ban

The National Government is using urgency to extend a controversial ban on protesting against deep sea drilling, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson Moana Mackey.

“Not content with stripping away the democratic right to protest in our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Government is now under urgency extending this protest ban over the continental shelf - a further 1.7 million square kilometres.

“The restrictions and related criminal charges recently introduced in the EEZ only apply to protest vessels, and only those targeting oil and gas exploration.

Anyone else behaving in a dangerous or reckless manner, or in a way that would be illegal in our territorial waters, is not covered. So the Minister's claim that this is first and foremost about safety is patently not true.

“While the Government’s initial moves to ban protesting in our EEZ were worrying enough, the changes being introduced under urgency are even more concerning. Extending the ban further into the high seas is more likely to be inconsistent with international law given New Zealand does not have the right to regulate other activities in this area.

“The Bill needs to go to a select committee so that these critical questions can be answered.

“The Minister also needs to reassure New Zealanders that this change, along with others in the Bill, isn’t being passed purely to progress the permit being sought by Shell and China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

“It would be one hell of a coincidence if it wasn’t.

“We know the Government is desperate to expedite deep sea drilling, regardless of the risks, because it has no plan B for the economy.

“But running roughshod over the democratic rights of Kiwis to protest, and putting New Zealand at serious risk of breaching international law, is completely unacceptable.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news