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August 9, 2014

Tēnā koe, Mr Chairman. This is the Government whose 2014 estimates contain a time bomb of fiscal deficit over the next two decades through a failure in carbon budgeting.

This is the Government whose climate policy is a mess. It has paltry targets with no plan to attain them. It has weak policy settings, so emitters have no incentive to change, and that, Minister, will kill the golden goose. But even worse is the failure to convey to the taxpayer the fiscal costs that its climate policy will impose on future generations.

August 9, 2014

The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau.

August 9, 2014

National has finally relented to years of Green Party pressure to put the Government’s banking contract to competitive tender.

This banking contract – the largest, most lucrative banking contract in the country – has been held by Australian-owned Westpac Bank since 1989 and has never been retendered since then.

August 9, 2014

On Saturday I went up to visit the families who farm on the affected land and who live close to the coast. I have to say the violence of this event terrified me. I have seen a lot of floods and slips over more than 30 years in our area but nothing as bad as this. The weather bomb hit Te Moehau, the mountain and gouged swathes of native forest off the back country slopes. Tonnes of water, trees and large boulders roared down the mountain and blocked up creeks which turned into debris choked rivers. The silt and boulders tore through fences and paddocks all the way to the coast.

August 9, 2014

Over the past few months I have intervened on a number of occasions in the general debate to draw our collective attention to the issue of climate change.

I have heard it said, including in this Chamber, that the Green Party does not own the issue of climate change. We could not agree more. The issue is owned by humanity—that includes the National Party—so the Greens do not have sole ownership. But shared ownership does not in itself mean shared insight.

August 9, 2014

The Bill has just been reported back from the Primary Production Select Committee.  Like most bills it contains a mix of things that we agree with and those that we don’t.  It has mostly been a missed opportunity to get it right for animals experiencing the greatest suffering in NZ which is in animal testing and factory farming.

The Good – transitional arrangements

August 9, 2014

I rise to take a call on the Vote Labour appropriation and it is kind of appropriate that I do that today given that yesterday there was a major celebration from 'The Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign', which was celebrating the 20 businesses that have signed up to pay their workers a living wage of $18.80. I think that is something that we should celebrate, because the only way that workers are going to be lifted out of poverty is through decent wages and through employers modelling the behaviour that we would like to see other employers adopt.

August 9, 2014

Today EEO Commissioner Dr. Jacqui Blue joined previous commissioners in calling on all political parties to set targets to close gender and ethnic pay gaps. In the past two years there has been no change in the public sector gender pay gap in the 29 core government departments.

The gender pay gap in the public is now 14.3 % – higher than for the whole workforce which is at 12.8%. It is simply unacceptable for there to be such a difference in pay based on gender.

August 9, 2014

The latest report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) shows the Government is on the wrong track when it comes to domestic violence, said the Green Party today.

The report, released today, shows that domestic violence and child abuse are the major causes of murder in New Zealand.

Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

I rise to speak on the second reading of the Land Transport Amendment Bill , which we are very happy to support, although we do note that it has taken quite a long time for the Government to finally realise that this is an issue that does need to be dealt with. As has been noted by previous speakers, it is unclear why this has taken over 4 years to come before the House. So many lives could have been saved if it had been implemented earlier. There is no question that simply changing the law is not enough to reduce the harm of drink-driving.