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

 


ACT is the only party supporting taxpayers and farmers

Media Release ACT Party

Don Nicolson ACT Party Rural Spokesman

4 September 2014

ACT is the only party supporting taxpayers and farmers over water protection spend

“ACT has found itself the only party supporting taxpayers and farmers over National’s latest water protection policy.”

“I am sceptical about the National government’s announced policy to throw more taxpayer cash at a non-problem two weeks before an election,” said Don Nicolson ACT Rural Spokesman

“When Environment Minister Amy Adams announced the policy she praised farmers for fencing off 90 per cent of waterways to date. Then she said it was time to move to a compulsory ban on dairy cattle in streams even though the industry had voluntarily self regulated itself with the same 2017 goal for dairy cow exclusion from waterways as the Minister now wants.”

The problem areas have been fully fenced and current best practice farming is in place. Even the Forest and Bird society acknowledge that.”

“What is happening in National’s offer of $100 million of taxpayers money is that the taxpayer is having their pockets rifled for a problem that doesn’t exist,” said Mr Nicolson”

“Three months ago National was telling us that their voluntary water controls were working, that Fonterra policies and better farming practices had improved water quality.”

“The best policy is to congratulate the stewards of the land on their magnificent efforts to date and let them get on with farming to current best practice knowing that the evolution of ideas always brings improvement.”

ACT says “Improving water quality is not just a five minute photo op. Continually beating up one sector is not telling the whole story.”

“Taxpayers deserve better from policy makers as do the farmers those policies affect. That’s why a Party vote for ACT is the smart and progressive vote come September 20th. We are the only party upholding fiscal, environmental and social policy integrity. We don’t do bribes” Mr Nicolson concludes.


© 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