29 July 2001
The call by Energy Minister to cut electricity use should start in his own back yard, National's Commerce spokesperson
Tony Ryall said today.
"For the last two nights since Pete Hodgson put out the call, Parliament Buildings have been lit up like a Christmas
tree, even though he said the Government would take the lead in urging the state sector to cut power consumption by 15
"Saving power means everyone has to pitch in; surely this is not another case of the Government saying ' do as I say,
not do as I do'?
"For two nights, Parliament Buildings have been lit up with decorative coloured spotlights, with both the forecourt
statues and the Parliamentary Library brightly on show.
"The Government should be practising what it preaches. The Energy Minister - who told TV's 'Holmes' Show that even if he
could do something, he wouldn't - could try starting in his own workplace," Mr Ryall said.