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Chauvel: Nats Approach To ETS Shambolic From Start To End

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Charles Chauvel
Charles Chauvel

National's muddled approach to climate change has hampered progress towards an effective and durable ETS for nine months, and its inferior version of the scheme will cost the Kiwi taxpayer dearly, Labour's climate change spokesperson Charles Chauvel says.

"Labour saw the Bill for the first time as Nick Smith began reading his speech this afternoon, despite the fact that it was apparently sitting in the Bills office from 9am this morning," Charles Chauvel said. "If it had taken the time to work with Labour in good faith on an enduring compromise, none of these games would have been necessary."

"However, no one will be surprised at National's latest antics - they are a continuation of the secrecy, double talk and gamesmanship it has displayed throughout the process.

"The Government will not release the officials' advice and the cabinet papers concerning the cost of the revised scheme: although we asked for this urgently under the Official Information Act on 15 September.

"It is clear that it will not be made available until after the statutory time limit, well into the select committee process.

"This gaming of the system means the public are denied the right to see the detailed costings of the scheme. Nick Smith's evasions and selective presentation of the facts thus far mean the only way we will know the full costs and implications for this and subsequent generations of Kiwi taxpayers is to see these documents.

"The stakes of the game National is playing are exceptionally high. Its scheme will cost taxpayers an additional $2 billion up to 2030 and half a billion dollars each year thereafter (see next page).

"Labour has no choice but to roll back these amendments when next in office. National, by failing to negotiate with Labour in good faith, and then doing a shabby deal with the Maori Party that has no good economic or environmental consequences, has denied New Zealand ongoing certainty over climate change policy," Charles Chauvel said.

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