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


Shambolic unfair ETS will cost taxpayers billions

23 November 2009 Media Statement
Shambolic and unfair ETS will cost taxpayers billions

Today’s quick and dirty deal with the Maori Party lumps taxpayers with a $110 billion bill allowing big polluters to continue polluting, Labour Leader Phil Goff said today.

“The process has been a shambles from beginning to end. But the prize must go to Nick Smith and John Key for underestimating the cost of National’s ETS by $50 billion,” Phil Goff said.

“That blunder doubled the cost of National’s ETS, leaving every Kiwi family with a $92,000 bill to pay for National’s plan.

“National’s ETS will load enormous costs onto future generations of taxpayers and is riddled with privileged deals for particular groups of polluters.

“National has rushed through its changes, it’s made little or no attempt to consult and has been dishonest about the true cost of its ETS.

“There is no incentive under National’s plan for big polluters to reduce emissions or to use cleaner technology. All National is doing is shifting the cost of emissions from polluters to taxpayers.

"John Key is also using the smokescreen of legal action from Iwi to justify his deal with the Maori Party to force through National’s shambolic ETS.

“John Key’s line that there is a strong chance of successful legal action from a handful of Iwi because the Crown failed to pass on information about potential emissions trading schemes when settlements were agreed 14 years ago does not stand up.

“Crown Law advice suggests ‘there is no evidence of a breach of the Crown’s obligations’.

“Mr Key needs to explain to New Zealanders why he’s making these concessions which gives preferential treatment to Maori companies which other forestry companies do not get from the government.

“Let’s be clear this deal will not benefit Maori as a whole. It is a deal done with a handful of Iwi to guarantee Maori Party support for National’s shambles of an ETS.

“National’s plan significantly reduces the effectiveness of the ETS and will have a negative impact on the economy and environment for many years to come.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul of a Supreme Court dominated by judges likely to rule that such matters must be left to the states like Missouri and Alabama to manage as they see fit. Meaning: Even if Biden had a radical agenda, this would be unlikely to survive the current bench on the Supreme Court... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels