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August 9, 2014

It's an insult for the National Party to offer regional families their roading upgrades as an election bribe funded by the asset sales slush fund, when investing in the local roading network should come out of operational budgets as part of the normal process of prioritising transport investment, the Green Party said today.

The Government has today announced a $212 million investment in 14 regional roading projects, funded through the Government's Future Investment Fund, which holds the proceeds from the sale of state-owned assets.

August 9, 2014

Going back to the research programme, it is interesting that the Minister in the chair, the Minister of Conservation, has not taken a single call to answer any of the questions that have been put by the Opposition members. The National members are not taking any calls either to defend this bill, the West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill. Once again, the Government members are not committed to this legislation in the sense of being able to defend it. They are quite happy for our conservation lands to be opened up to logging without even echoing any concerns.

August 9, 2014

The horrendous conditions animals are living in at a Canterbury pig farm are completely unacceptable and show that MPI are failing to do their job by putting economic interests ahead of animal welfare, said the Green Party today.

Footage obtained by Farm Watch and SAFE from a Canterbury farm, which featured tonight on TV One's Sunday programme, showed animals living in horrendous conditions and revealed how inadequate New Zealand's regulation of the pig industry is.

August 9, 2014

Well, I think that this *West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill is certainly an exercise in pork barrel politics in trying to get votes for the National Party's candidate on the West Coast, but I wish it was just a cheap political stunt. It is much more than that because it has very serious consequences for our conservation legislation—even in clause 10 of the bill with a very different test that this is imposing on the *Director-General of Conservation for how he is going to evaluate these applications to log on conservation land.

Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

National's announcement that it intends to spend $212 million upgrading regional roads is not just a naked election bribe, but poor economics, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

"National plans to pay for upgrading regional roads from the so-called Future Fund - receipts from the sale of state assets. National have essentially sold our profit generating state owned assets to pay for regular upkeep of New Zealand roads. Every householder knows that is disastrous economics," Ms Genter said.

August 9, 2014

I would like to take another call to talk a bit about the regulatory impact statement, because this is a very honest regulatory impact statement. It makes it very clear that the initiatives for this legislation, the *West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill, is totally and utterly the *Minister of Conservation's, and that the Minister has very clear objectives about the amount of timber that is going to be recovered.

August 9, 2014

With real sadness, I have decided to withdraw from the Green Party’s list for the 2014 general election and not seek a second term in Parliament. I will stay on as the Green Party candidate for Hutt South to campaign for the Party Vote in my community

August 9, 2014

DAVID CLENDON (Green): We are debating Part 1, the purpose, of this unfortunate piece of legislation, the West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill. Of course as soon as one sees the statement of purpose, it is to allow the director-general of the Department of Conservation to authorise the removal of timber. The process that we are undertaking tonight to endeavour to embed this legislation is an offence to the democratic process.

August 9, 2014

Green Party MP Holly Walker has decided to withdraw from the party's list in the upcoming election and will not seek a second term in Parliament. Ms Walker was number 12 on the Green Party list.

"Unfortunately, a recent unexpected change in my family life has made it very difficult for me to continue as a Green MP. Under these circumstances, I have chosen to put my family first and withdraw myself from the Green Party list," said Ms Walker,

August 9, 2014

During the past adjournment the Green Party launched its climate protection package. It is an understatement to say that this far-reaching policy has been well received. Critics of the policy have been limited to the Government, which fashioned the current scheme, and those benefiting financially from it—they who are polluting with near total freedom while the taxpayer foots the bill.