Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


No agriculture, no Trade, no New Zealand

No agriculture, no Trade, no New Zealand

No agriculture, no trade, no New Zealand, Federated Farmers CEO Tony St Clair told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select committee today.

Speaking to the Federation's submission on Climate Change Response Bill, Mr St Clair told the committee that the majorities of the Federation's members believe ratification of the Kyoto Protocol is totally unjustified and therefore oppose the passing of the Bill.

"Federated Farmers at both national and provincial level have consistently voiced their concerns regarding the implications of ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, said Mr St Clair. "New Zealand is still riding on the sheep's back despite moves to diversify the economy over the last twenty years.

"This bill threatens the future economic viability of New Zealand and the property rights of all New Zealand farmers. Climate change needs to be addressed, but the Federation remains unconvinced that the Kyoto Protocol offers the best solution for New Zealand.

"The competitive advantage of the primary sector will be in serious jeopardy if the Government persists with this high risk, low impact solution. Farmers are price takers in a highly competitive market place and are unable to pass additional costs on to their consumers.

Given the Government has indicated it will ratify the Protocol regardless of widespread opposition, Mr St Clair outlined the Federation's concerns about the Climate Change Response Bill.

"This bill is yet another example of the continual erosion of the private property rights of New Zealand farmers. In its current form the Bill provides free and open access to private land regardless of circumstance which raises serious concern in terms of animal welfare at lambing and calving, and workplace safety at times of high fire risk.

"Farmers were only consulted on these provisions when the Federation and the Landowners Forum demanded a meeting with Government officials.

"It is ironic that a Government that has been insistent on farmer approval for producer board reform chooses to ignore the will of 94.6% of respondents to an FFNZ members poll rejecting early ratification of the Kyoto Protocol."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>


Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>


Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>


Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>


Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>


Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>


PM's Press Conference: Fuel And Leaks

Other topics included the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey, the relation between the Government moves against high fuel prices and the commitment to act on climate change, NZTA's failures in compliance checks ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels