National to rape DOC land with dirty filthy mining -tell me NZ– how DOES that change feel?
Crown eyes lucrative mineral potential of conservation estate
The Government denies it wants to "dig up" the conservation estate, despite planning to access billions of dollars worth of minerals locked up in Crown land. Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee told the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in Queenstown this week that he wanted greater access to valuable mineral deposits held in the conservation estate. Labour said yesterday it was appalled by the proposals. Conservation spokesman David Parker said National had said nothing about mining in DOC estates during last year's election campaign. "Coal and lignite mines are enormous. Allowing increased mining in the DOC estate or allowing it at all in national parks is lunacy," Parker said. The Government should hold extensive public consultation before allowing mining in such areas. "Every New Zealander should have an opportunity to have their say on any changes that would allow increased mining." The Green Party has vowed to fight the proposal, saying it will lead to the environmental destruction of pristine areas. MP Jeanette Fitzsimons said any changes would anger the public.
Wow, I mean – WOW. Any pretense that this Government was ‘moderate’ has been killed off this week. The construction of the shipping container double bunked rape pen cells, telling Maori where to sit on the Super City bus and now a desire to rape and pillage our natural environment by sending in the mining teams, come on NZ – how the hell is that change feeling? Don’t worry, I know Optimist Prime will give you a cheeky wink and a David Letterman guest appearance and the simple sheep of NZ will forget there are any problems, but for the thinkers amongst us, let’s remind ourselves that the Daddy State isn’t moderate, it has been a pretense from the very beginning, simply look at what National have actually done as opposed to believing their puff pastry spin…
-recreating class stratification with sirs and dames on top and dirty bennies on the bottom.
-bennie bashing anytime the media needs a distraction
-holding ‘consultation’ on Climate Change when they already had made up their mind
-a weak emission target that doesn’t do a bloody thing
-allowing the Dairy industry to set the new water standards for the country (seeing as they are one of the biggest polluters this is a joke)
-opening the country up for more foreign ownership
-privatizing NZ citizenship to millionaires (wonder which party they will vote for)
-taking the independence away from the Overseas Aid agency so McCully can make a buck out of it
-Sending NZ back to war in Afghanistan
-throwing the privacy laws and cabinet manual out the window to attack beneficiaries who complain about cut backs in training allowances.
-gutting the Adult Education programmes by a staggering 80% which will lead to massive community isolation.
-giving the private education industry $35 million while public schools suffer
-Annexing Auckland with a misuse of urgency and Rodney gets to appoint his mates to run the city.
-Denying Maori representation on Auckland Super City
-Government Departments no longer responsible for their carbon footprint
-canning physical activity programmes for children
-taking sports money off poor schools to give to rich schools
-live sheep exports
-Privatization of prisons EVEN THOUGH the head of Private Prisons from GEO told us at a select committee that private prisons WON’T be cheaper!
-creation of rape pen shipping container prison cells
-Privatization of ACC pretending there’s a crises
-Giving the Police power to take your DNA based on mere suspicion of a crime.
-a 9day fortnight that actually ends up costing workers
-preparing TVNZ for privatization
-10% employment cuts in the public sector when caps were promised as opposed to (knee)caps.
-dismantling pay equity for 46% of the working population because to National women don't matter as much as slashing wage costs
-90 day right to sack in an unemployment environment that ranges from 7% to 14%
-Borrowing for the Tax cut that favoured the rich
-Junk food back into schools
-The molestation of the select committee process with a misuse of urgency that you would need to go back to 1998 to find a comparison.
-Truancy fines raised to $3000
-$35 million on military boot camps that don’t work but make middle class voters feel smug (this amount has increased btw)
-Gutting the RMA pretending it’s cutting red tape when really it’s burning Green tape
-Dismantling the ETS and holding a right wing inquisition into the ‘science’ of global warming
-Medieval law and order policy pushed through by a right wing homophobic drunk who now wants to meddle with the NZ Bill of Rights so his $30 billion 3 strikes and you’re locked up forever raw meat law can pass
NZers swallowed a line about a ‘Nanny State’ telling them what light bulbs they could use or what shower heads they can use or what food can be eaten at school, and they bought this talkback myth hook line and sinker, but compare those petty issues with what National are actually doing and I think some NZers are going to start feeling like they’ve been conned, National were as quiet as they could be about what they actually intended to implement once elected.
BTW – If the 9 day working fortnight is so good for the private sector, why isn’t the Government looking to use it in the public sector to reduce redundancies, John Key promised the Public Service wouldn’t be slashed, it would be capped, but it sure as hell doesn’t look like that now does it?
I think a lot of Labour voters who didn’t vote and made the last election one of the lowest turn outs on record are starting to kick themselves and I think a lot of Labour voters who voted National are feeling a deadening buyers remorse.
For the rest of the NZ sheep, it’s hard being too critical about their unblinking love of Optimist Prime because the corporate media don’t do a damned thing to bring these issues up. Q+A isn’t an interview show, it’s a light handjob and a hug, a former National party candidate hosts Breakfast, you can count the slightly liberal voices in corporate talkback on one hand and the less said about the Herald the better. We are awash in right wing media and that warps societal perceptions.
The fight for a socially just society that also values our environment above Gerry Brownlee’s base economics grinds on.