Parliament

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

 

ACT Launches Land Access Tour

ACT Launches Land Access Tour

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today launched ACT's bus tour in opposition to Labour's land access proposals in Wanaka - the start of a four-week campaign that will see him tour the length and breath of the country listening to the rural heartland's concerns.

"I will be visiting rural communities and attending farmers' meetings around the country, urging farmers to fight the Government's Mugabe-style attempt to deny them their property rights," Mr Eckhoff said.

"The tour will coincide with Cabinet's consideration of the issue in December. It's absolutely crucial that farmers voice their opposition to Labour's proposals. A strong message to the Government, that unfettered public access through their land is unacceptable, will see these proposals scrapped - the 'fart tax' is proof of that.

"Land access is yet another poke in the eye for rural communities by this anti-farmer Government. It comes hot on the heels of ACC levy hikes, higher petrol prices, school closures and police downsizing. Once again, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton has failed to stand-up for farmers at the Cabinet table.

"I want to make this point perfectly clear: my campaign is about defending property rights - not denying public access. ACT applauds and encourages farmers allowing the public entry through their land, but here's the crux: landowners must retain their right to say who can and can't be on their property.

"ACT is at the forefront of the campaign to protect farmers' property rights, and pledges to stand shoulder to shoulder with heartland New Zealand against Labour's latest assault on rural communities. The Government mustn't be allowed to steal the very rights that are the foundation of our country as a free, democratic nation," Mr Eckhoff said.

This week, Gerry will be visiting Wanaka, Queenstown, Invercargill, Gore, Oamaru, Waimate, Timaru, Ashburton, West Coast-Buller, Nelson and Blenheim.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Australian Election Toss-up


The foibles of the Aussie electoral system are pretty well-known. The Lucky Country doesn’t have proportional representation. Voting for everyone over 18 is compulsory, but within a preferential system. This means that in the relatively few key seats that decide the final result, it can be the voters’ second, third or fourth ranking preferences that finally get the winner over the 50% line...
More>>



 
 

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>



Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels