Monthly Archives: February 2010

Outrage as Key signals national park mining

When it was leaked that John Key was assisted in his attempts to be elected as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand by the PR company Crosby and Textor I decided to check out the website of the PR company and guess what I found; the chair of their board was a man called the Crispigny. It turned out that this man was a hot shot in the Aussie mining world. I was just a matter of putting one and one together to realise that John Key was a sock puppet for the international banking and mining world. Their goal? Bankrupting New Zealand to get their hands of the few remaining untouched mining resources.

Revelations that more conservation land will be mined, whatever the outcome of public consultation, have drawn vehement opposition from environmental groups, who say conservation land is about to be destroyed.

The Government is planning to consult the public over opening up more land for mining, but Prime Minister John Key signalled to Parliament yesterday that there would be significant changes to which areas are protected.

Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act protects about a third of the conservation estate from mining because of its conservation value. That equates to 13 per cent of New Zealand’s land mass.

It is expected that the Government will seek consultation this month on removing land in Coromandel and the Mt Aspiring, Kahurangi, Fiordland and Paparoa national parks from Schedule 4.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said it appeared Mr Key had already decided the outcome of the public consultation process, before the public had been given an opportunity to see what was being considered.

“Clearly he is proposing an unlawful process.”

The result would be that some of the most important ecological land would be destroyed, causing irreparable damage to New Zealand’s green image and tourism industry.

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Key’s economic growth package just tax cuts in disguise

For those of us slogging away finding our pay travels less and less along the shelves of cheapie places like Pack and Save and more and more low and middle incomes faltering and people losing their jobs in record numbers facing more and more draconian welfare laws it is good to know that the John Key’s of this world won’t go hungry.

Wait patiently for three months for the real oil in the Budget before passing judgment on the Government’s latest and seemingly insipid prescription for shifting New Zealand’s sluggish-performing economy into the growth fast-lane.

That is the message from Government insiders. Only then, they say, will the exact extent of sweeping tax cuts planned to take effect from this October become evident.

National took a fair bit of stick yesterday in the aftermath of the Prime Minister’s tabling of his Government’s new 23-page economic and social policy programme in Parliament – most of it without flinching.

The Government remains unconcerned that between now and the Budget in late May, Labour and the Greens might sway those on middle and lower incomes into believing they will suffer from the projected rise in GST from 12.5 to 15 per cent.

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