Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Government Cavalier With New Zealand's Future

Federated Farmers is bitterly disappointed at claims that the New Zealand Government was first in line to support the compromise negotiation at COP6b in Bonn last night.

"The EU has delivered a major compromise to Japan in the form of a non binding target. Hon Pete Hodgson, the Minster of Energy, says the New Zealand delegation played a role in brokering the deal with Japan, so where is the better deal for New Zealanders?" asked Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson.

"Freeing up international trade in agriculture would do more to reduce greenhouse gases from agriculture than the Protocol itself," said Mr Polson.

"As the Minister has acknowledged New Zealand is unique in having agriculture as the main contributor to its greenhouse gas profile" said Mr Polson. "Yet the Government has committed New Zealand to an agreement without an in-depth appreciation of the economic implications for agriculture and indeed the New Zealand economy."

"The Minister appears to have blind faith that science will deliver the solutions agriculture requires before 2008", Mr Polson said. "I am well aware of the timeframes involved in achieving major scientific breakthroughs."

"A number of options exist which may reduce methane emissions from livestock. That said these options are likely to negatively affect the productivity, quality and possibly safety of our products. New Zealand can not afford to undertake mitigation options which will affect the market perception of our agricultural products."

"The Kyoto Protocol will penalise New Zealand's agricultural exporters while we still suffer from the effects of trade barriers and distorted international markets. Government can not afford to compromise a sector upon which the New Zealand economy depends", Mr Polson said.

"I hope that in ten years time, New Zealand will not remember this event as the British remember Neville Chamberlain after World War II".

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>

 

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:

Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Climate Change: Emissions Report Shows Urgent Action Needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New ... More>>

ALSO:


Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels