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


Hodgson Says 'We Got It Wrong'

Hodgson Says 'We Got It Wrong'

Monday 22 Sep 2003 Gerry Eckhoff Press Releases -- Rural -- ACT Rural Website

Climate Control Convenor Pete Hodgson's admission that the amount he would demand from farmers, to fund methane gas emissions research could be lower than expected, reflects badly on Labour and its officials, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.

"Mr Hodgson's announcement shows just how shonky, and shallow, the research justifying this tax on the farming sector is. Just a few short weeks ago, the Minister was determined to sock it to farmers, and force them to fork out $8.4 million for greenhouse gas research," Mr Eckhoff said.

"Now, after they've bothered to do a little investigative work, they've discovered what I've been saying for months - and what farmers already knew - that much of the work had already been done.

"Mr Hodgson and the Labour Government are desperate to save face. They are burning the midnight oil trying to find a way out of this self-imposed mess. I call on those involved in negotiations not to bend. The Minister has admitted that he's got it all wrong.

"The fundamental principle that farming leaders cannot compromise in their negotiations is the absolute requirement that farmers determine for themselves what they spend their research dollars on. They must not allow Labour to wriggle out of a tight spot.

"Farming negotiators must understand the depth of feeling on this issue. It is not just about the `Fart Tax' but, also, the rights of farmers to spend their money on the research they approve of. Farming leaders will get no thanks from those they represent if they compromise with Labour - a Government that is wrong in both principle and practice," Mr Eckhoff said.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding “No.” Political debates have little effect on voter behaviour, let alone on election outcomes. Crucially, the limited effect they do have does not involve a change in voters’ policy preferences... More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>


Labour: Supporting Workers And Valuing Their Contribution

Making sure working New Zealanders are safe, healthy and that their contribution to the economy is valued is at the heart of Labour’s Workplace Relations Policy.
“This is Labour demonstrating its commitment to helping working New Zealanders by increasing sick leave, raising wages, protecting them while they are at work, growing jobs and investing in the economy,”... More>>


PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>


Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels