The true costs of the Government's asset sales are over $640 million, more than five times the $120.6 million National is claiming today, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.
"The Government is being extremely tricky when it says Treasury's cost for the asset sales was just $85.5 million plus the $35.1 million paid by the companies themselves," said Dr Norman.
Among the other costs to get the sales away were:
I’ve been going around the country hearing from refuge and sexual violence organisations and presenting an overview of what’s been happening at a national level and the Green Party ideas for reducing violence.
It would be an epic blogpost to convey all of the detail and ideas but here are a couple of things I’ve been hearing and talking about. It is all very worrying – to put it mildly.
Funding for support services
New Zealand's wild conservation land should be protected from logging, the Green Party said today.
National has announced plans to allow logging of native forest on public land on the West Coast damaged in Cyclone Ita.
"It is illegal to log these forests, a storm is no reason to change the law," Green Party conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.
"New Zealanders fought for years to end native logging and protect the West Coast's forests. We shouldn't turn back the clock.
National's transport budget for the next decade is a fantasy plan that pretends climate change doesn't exist and locks New Zealanders into their cars for the next 50 years, said the Green Party today.
Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee released the draft Government Policy Statement on Transport late Sunday afternoon. It outlines $40 billion spending for transport infrastructure over the next decade with just 10 percent allocated to public transport and less than one percent for walking and cycling.
New Zealanders believe Edward Snowden ahead of John Key when it comes to the US spying on us, the Green Party said today.
John Key has previously downplayed New Zealanders concerns that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been involved in spying on New Zealanders, but the results of a Stuff Ipsos poll released today shows 71.6 per cent of Kiwis believe United States spy agencies are gathering data on New Zealanders and 61.8 per cent of those people do not support the US being able to do so.
The Green Party is calling on the Government to join with all political parties in Parliament to develop a national strategy and accord on domestic violence and child abuse, in the wake of a review that shows the current system is not working.
The People's Report of the Glenn Inquiry into Child Abuse and Domestic Violence out today describes the current system as a 'hazard to those who use it'.
A 13.1 percent surge in Auckland rail patronage in the year to May shows the Government needs to start on the Auckland City Rail Link immediately, the Green Party said today.
"The Government has set arbitrary and unachievable targets as its excuse to delay work on the City Rail Link," Green Party transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter said.
Today over in the US, John Key is drumming up support for a UN Security Council seat and Murray McCully is attending John Kerry’s Oceans conference but it seems no one in National has thought of joining the two issues up. I would love to see New Zealand sitting at the United Nations top table and I support our bid to be represented on the UN Security Council. I think the world needs our voice for peace and environmental protection around that table as it debates thorny issues like Syria, Ukraine and climate change.
John Key should not be making up foreign policy on the hoof and pledging support for possible unilateral action by the United States in Iraq, the Green Party said today.