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Boscawen Says Several Nats May Rebel On ETS

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ACT MP John Boscawen claims National backbenchers as well as some senior Government Ministers now want to defer the emissions trading scheme.

Speaking on TV3's "The Nation" Mr Boscawen said the Government needed to immediately to defer the scheme now that Australia has decided to defer its scheme.

The New Zealand scheme is due to begin on July 1.

"I've heard from several sources in recent days that several members of Cabinet are concerned, "he said.

"Back bench lobby MPs are lobbying Cabinet Ministers, they're very concerned about the damage it's going to do to New Zealand and the damage there is to their re-election prospects."

Mr Boscawen also challenged Climate Change Minister Nick Smith's claim that scrapping the scheme would cost $1.2 billion in compensation to foresters.

"That's rubbish because his officials told me in my office on Thursday that more than a third of that relates to pre 1990 forests and is a key difference," he said.

" Second point why would you pay compensation, why are we giving subsidies massive subsidies to farmers who planted trees in 1990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, before the Kyoto Treaty even came into being, let alone ratified by New Zealand. "

Mr Boscawen claimed the total compensation payable by the Government would be only $20 million at the most.

Labour MP Charles Chauvel agreed with Mr Boscawen saying the scheme was not well designed.

He said the only reason National was not deferring the scheme was that it thought it had to write a cheque for the sum claimed by Mr Smith.

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