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

 


Don't Review the RMA!


Press Release

Libertarianz Environment

Don't Review the RMA!

Talk of yet another 'review' of the RMA gets at least one person incensed. "It's appropriate on April Fool's Day to be discussing 'reviewing' the RMA because the whole RMA is a joke. It's not another long-winded 'review' that the RMA needs," says Libertarianz spokesman Peter Cresswell, "it's a stake through its heart."

Reviewing it "yet again" really is a joke, he says - a sick joke. "People being jailed for cutting down their own trees is a joke. Watching Taniwha and other life-forms delaying infrastructure projects is a joke. Effectively nationalising beachfront property from Waihi to Papamoa is an obscene joke," he says angrily.

"But having the review run by David Benson-Pope . now that really is a joke. It does show that this Government has a sense of humour even in adversity, but it also shows us the review itself can't even be taken seriously."

"The RMA is a joke." repeats Cresswell. "If it had not jailed people, stopped the development of countless projects and stolen the property rights of every New Zealander, I would be laughing. But it has," he says, "and I'm not."

Cresswell explains that under the RMA "trees, rocks, sand dunes and mud puddles have rights . but human beings don't. The fact is that the RMA doesn't protect property rights - as every property owner already knows; in fact in 456 pages it fails to mention property rights once! And as cases like as cases like the polluted Tarawera River show us, neither does it protect the environment. The act is an obscene joke," he says. "It has to go."

"Many years ago author Ayn Rand observed that when the productive have to go cap in hand to the unproductive in order to ask permission to produce, then you will know that your society is doomed. That's where we are now," says Cresswell, "and that's why the RMA must go. It's empowered a Gravy train full of planners, consultants, and lawyers; it's empowered so much of the "Browntable' stand-over tactics seen in recent years; and it's empowered the greatest theft of property rights since the war. It's got to go; time to drive that stake right through its heart."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news