Parliament

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

 

Labour panicking over West Coast seat

Hon David Carter
Minister for Senior Citizens
Associate Minister of Revenue
Associate Minister for Food, Fibre, Biosecurity and Border Control
Associate Minister of Education


Thursday 4 1999

Labour panicking over West Coast seat

"In an amazing turn-about, Michael Cullen has admitted that the West Coast rimu contracts are enforceable," says Associate Food and Fibre Minister, David Carter.

"Today Labour's deputy leader admitted that Labour would renege on its bribe to the extreme green movement by honouring these contracts if elected government," says Mr Carter.

"Michael Cullen has at last accepted that these contracts, signed in good faith, are legally binding documents."

"This puts Labour in an unjustifiable position. What is the difference between the contracts signed for rimu and those for beech, when both contracts are for sustainably produced timber, and both were signed prior to the announcement of Labour's indigenous forestry policy?"

"It won't be long before Labour do another turn-about, and publicly admit the beech contracts are also enforceable."

"Labour must be really panicking about the prospect of losing the West Coast seat, to come out with this admission."

"Their proposed package to prop up the West Coast economy, released today, is nothing but empty rhetoric."

"Instead of trying to bribe West Coasters with promises of a West Coast Economic Development Trust, Labour should acknowledge it made the wrong value judgement when it announced it would stop sustainable logging of native forest on Crown-owned land.


"Even Michael Cullen has acknowledged the logging is sustainable. Labour's decision was about chasing green votes, hundreds of miles away from the Coast. Now Labour is now panicking over the West Coast seat. They know Damien O'Connor is in trouble.

"West Coasters have heard talk of economic development before. They know National's policy of sustainable harvesting of native forests creates real jobs and real prosperity," Mr Carter said.

Labour's local MP Damien O'Connor has said today he remains disappointed with the decision to halt native logging.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics Of Omicron Treatment, Plus A Playlist


As the Omicron infection wave prepares to break across New Zealand, the “red” condition is likely to be more of a form of gestural politics, than as a useful shield. Good ideas like masks and social distancing and limits on social gatherings are not going to do much to slow down the rate of infections. At base, the traffic light system has been a mechanism devised to enable businesses to continue to operate, regardless of the state or public health. It was created in response to the Delta outbreak, and it took final shape just as Omicron emerged in South Africa...
More>>



 
 


Save The Children: Thousands Join Call To Retain New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner

More than 6000 Kiwis have joined Save the Children New Zealand’s call to retain the vital role of Children’s Commissioner, as the Government considers a new bill proposing major changes to the office, including the removal of a named Children’s Commissioner... More>>


Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>


Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>


TradeMe: Property Prices Increase By A Record 25% In One Year
In December, the national average asking price jumped by a quarter year on year, to reach a new high of $956,150, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national average asking price increase was the largest on record... More>>


Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>


Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels