Green Party comment on Bathurst coal mine decision
Green Party comment on Bathurst coal mine
“We are deeply disappointed that the
stunning Denniston Plateau will be sacrificed for a climate
damaging open cast coal mine,” said Green Party mining
spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.
“The effects of this
mine cannot be mitigated, not when it means the loss of a
unique landscape and threatened species.
is a blow to the climate.
“Coal mining is unsustainable.
We need to keep the coal underground if we want to protect
the climate and have a prosperous agricultural economy in
“West Coasters deserve more stable and
sustainable jobs than those provided by the boom and bust
“We applaud Forest and Bird for their
strong and consistent legal challenge to protect this
precious part of Aotearoa New
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>