Monorail Decision the Right One… this time around
Labour Candidate for Clutha Southland
Monorail Decision the Right One… this time
“Nick Smith’s decision today not to allow a
private company to cut a swathe through the World Heritage
Listed Snowden Forest Conservation Area was the right one”
said Liz Craig, Labour’s Candidate for Clutha
“Not only would the monorail have resulted in
the felling of thousands of old growth beech trees, but it
would have jeopardised the habitat of the critically
endangered long tail bat”.
“However, Nick Smith’s
cryptic comments that “I do not want this decision
interpreted as the Government and the Department of
Conservation being opposed to any proposal for alternative
access options in Fiordland” were a little
concerning” said Liz Craig.
“With so little of our
untouched wilderness remaining” said Liz Craig “I would
hope that any future decisions about similar projects in
Fiordland will have the conservation of our wilderness areas
and their unique biodiversity, rather than the economic
viability of any particular private project, as their
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>