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Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 14:32

The Green Party is backing the call by Parliament's environment watchdog for all political parties to support a new law that would require governments to tackle climate pollution in New Zealand.

Today the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment recommended all parties come together to support a new climate law that would make emissions targets legally binding and establish an independent expert group to advise government on climate policy and track its progress.

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): The strongest message about this 2017 Budget is that the Government has no vision, no ambition, and no idea of how to address the challenges facing our country. It believes it has shown some positive vision by offering some tax relief to struggling families. In this, it is half-right. That bill has already gone through. It goes some way to alleviating child poverty, which is why we voted for it. But the vision stops there.

 

11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree that countries need to work together to combat dangerous climate change; if so, will her Government convey that view to the President of the United States this week?

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): I want to focus on just one aspect of the annual report, and that is to do with climate change, which has become a theme from colleague Andrew Bayly, and then Dr Megan Woods, Scott Simpson, Denis O'Rourke, and others. I just want to make a couple of points.

6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Which of the four scenarios in the March 2017 Vivid report—"Off Track", "Innovative", "Resourceful", or "Net Zero 2050"—is the Government considering using as the basis for its own climate planning?

 

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 16:44

 

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): I move, That the House note the report entitled Net Zero in New Zealand: Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century prepared by Vivid Economics on behalf of GLOBE-NZ. I seek leave to table the report.

In opening this debate, the Prime Minister offered four goals for the 2017 election: opportunity for people to get ahead; new jobs and businesses; assistance in raising families; and support for those in need. That was a fairly standard set of political goals—motherhood, more or less. Anyone can sign on to them, at least if times were normal, but times are not normal.

 

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 11:33

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6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree with the UN Secretary-General that we need to bring the Paris Climate Agreement into force this year; if so, will she seek to ratify the agreement before the UN ratification event in September?

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:33

The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today.

RCEP is a proposed trade agreement between 14 Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand. Negotiations were held in Auckland this week. These included a public engagement session at which Trade Minister Todd McClay and officials heard questions and concerns from organisations and business stakeholders.