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

 


Govt must be up-front about sale of Solid Energy assets

6 March 2014

Govt must be up-front about sale of Solid Energy assets

Today in Parliament the Green Party exposed the National Government’s possible plans for backdoor privatisation of state-owned energy company Solid Energy.

“In Parliament today, National wouldn’t rule out selling chunks of Solid Energy’s operations to foreign public sector companies, which amounts to backdoor privatisation,” said Green Party mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

Energy Minister Simon Bridges met with the Indian Steel Minister and his delegation on 30 January 2014.

“Minister Bridges kept his meeting with the Indian Steel Minster hush-hush in New Zealand, while the Steel Minister was quoted in the Indian media as saying, “We are looking forward to the Government of New Zealand allocating mineral assets to Indian public sector companies on a government-to-government basis,” said Ms Delahunty.

“The National Government is misleading the public by saying it will not sell more state-owned assets while at the same time it has been discussing selling off chunks of our state-owned energy company Solid Energy.”

Minister for Business, Employment and Innovation Steven Joyce was unclear when questioned in Parliament, saying that it was a matter for Solid Energy, while in select committee today, Solid Energy officials said the discussions of sales were a matter for the Minister.

“The Government should stop passing the buck and front up to New Zealanders about any plans to sell Solid Energy assets,” Ms Delahunty said.

“The Green Party would keep New Zealand assets in New Zealand ownership.

“In particular, the Green Party would keep Solid Energy’s coal mines and mining rights in Government ownership in order to run Solid Energy in the best interests of New Zealanders.

“Once the Indian Government or Indian public sector companies get their hands on Solid Energy’s coal mines or rights to mine, they will develop these resources in their shareholders’ interests, not those of New Zealanders.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 
 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news