Parliament

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

 

Where have you been Dr Smith?

6 October 2006

Where have you been Dr Smith?

Environment Minister David Benson-Pope today welcomed National’s belated endorsement of the government’s environmental policies.

“You have to wonder where Nick Smith and the National Party have been all this time and whether they have really sorted out their differences within their caucus.

“The National Party has borrowed extensively from the government's Sustainable Water Programme of Action with its focus on water quality and water allocation, right down to the very detail of "transferable consents”.

“On waste, National has acknowledged the achievements of the government's New Zealand Waste Strategy. Can the government now expect support from National on further waste minimisation initiatives?

“On air quality, National has acknowledged the importance of the government’s new air quality standards and appears to have done a u-turn, now supporting the long agreed implementation targets.

“National now supports the government’s increased funding for DoC, but had a track record in government of underfunding conservation.

“On recreation, National has mimicked the government’s policies, yet Nick Smith refused to front up at the government’s Recreation Summit where all the key players were gathered for the first time.

“National has some explaining to do to be credible. Do they really intend to privatise water?

“They also need to explain their sudden u-turn on the logging of indigenous forests. Remember the West Coast Dr Smith?

“Does National really expect to persuade the public that they are truly concerned with environmental issues, and that this is not just a politically expedient attempt to “greenwash” themselves - when they have copied their strategy outright from the British Tory party?

“As to the RMA, when their MPs have called for it to be "gutted" and National has consistently opposed every improvement made to the Act by this government, how is it they now believe it is the cornerstone of environmental protection?

“I welcome the fact that National now seems to have entered the 21st century and appear to have accepted that we have some very real environmental issues to deal with.

“I look forward to Dr Smith and his caucus walking the talk and fronting up to the issues they have ignored for so long,” said Mr Benson-Pope.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Finding A Model To Replace The Monarchy


One feels reluctant to pre-empt the verdict of history, but maybe we need to have a Plan B in mind just in case the reign of King Charles III turns out badly. With that possibility in mind, are there any other countries that do a reasonably good job of electing their ceremonial head of state? There is no perfect model for New Zealand to follow but - arguably - Ireland has made a pretty good fist of it over the past 70 years or so. Ireland has roughly the same population as New Zealand, so the pool of talent is similar in size...
More>>



Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?


Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...

More>>




 
 

Government: Welcomes Climate Change Commission Advice On Agricultural Pricing System
The Government has welcomed advice from the Climate Change Commission assessing readiness in the agricultural sector for an emissions pricing system... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Action To Tackle Delays In Family Court
New legislation aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system, will help improve the wellbeing of thousands of children caught up in Family Court disputes every year, Justice Minister Kiri Allan says... More>>


Prime Minister: Chatham House Speech
What an honour it is to be back in London, and to be here at Chatham house. This visit represents much for me. The reopening of borders and resumption of travel after a difficult few years... More>>


Economy: Financial Statements Of The Government Of New Zealand
Please note the next Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand to be released will be for the full year ended 30 June 2022. It is anticipated that these will be released in early October 2022... More>>



Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>



Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels