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

 


Minister must stop oil propaganda ‘lessons’

Minister must stop oil propaganda ‘lessons’


The Education Minister must intervene to ensure school pupils are not being exploited and misled by oil and gas industry “lessons” which suggest petrol is largely made from dinosaurs, the Green Party said today.

On National Radio this morning, the Education Minister was apparently unconcerned that the Tag Oil road show What Lives down Under, was presenting a one-sided view of the oil and gas industry designed to win over the hearts and minds of Taranaki school children.

“The Minister has an obligation to ensure that what children are taught at school is accurate and balanced,” Green Party associate education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

“Kids believe that what they learn at school is true. They should not be subjected to propaganda from Tag Oil masquerading as lessons.

“Not only does Tag Oil fail to mention the risks of drilling and the impact that fossil fuels have on climate change, but it also implies that its common for petrol to be made from dinosaurs, which is just not true.

“This is a cheap shot that seeks to win the hearts and minds of kids though their fascination with dinosaurs.

“Businesses, with profit on their minds, should not be allowed in to schools to influence how kids think about any issues, let alone large, controversial global issues like climate change and oil production.

“The prospect of businesses peddling their one sided views at school children in a place of learning is a serious problem which requires the Minister to use her leadership to stop,” Ms Delahunty said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The plan is the second component of the Party’s environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil spills.

The Green Party loves New Zealand and will create a cleaner environment where our beaches remain open for swimming, not closed for oil spills.

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling;
2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping;
3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and
4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news