Act's anti-environment policy
"Act clearly believes the
best environment policy is no policy at all," says Labour's
green group chairperson Pete Hodgson.
policy has nothing to say about protecting the environment
and everything to say about why existing protection is an
impediment to business.
"Despite its bluster against
economic intervention it wants taxpayers to subsidise the
environmental costs of doing business. It would gut the
Resource Management Act and reduce state environment
agencies to shadows of their already slender
"National is already heading in this direction.
Act would obviously encourage them to slash freely at the
RMA, the Department of Conservation and anything else that
might get in the way of the bulldozers.
Richard Prebble on the West Coast today enthusiastically
waving a broom handle made of New Zealand beech say it all.
Act looks at ancient native forests and sees
"To Act our natural heritage is so much raw
material. Its attitude towards the environment is straight
out of the nineteenth
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