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 Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>