26 August 2005
Which Don Brash should the public believe?
Which Don Brash should the public believe on whether National is going to log conservation land, Conservation Minister
Chris Carter asked today.
"Should the public believe the Don Brash who categorically ruled out logging conservation forests yesterday, or should
they believe the Don Brash who spent three days touring the West Coast in July last year telling everyone who would
listen he would reopen logging on the Coast?
"Brash's comments were widely reported in the West Coast media last year as a vow," Mr Carter said.
"In the Greymouth Evening Star he was reported as telling one meeting in Westport: If we can do sustainable logging and
keep the unique environment of the West Coast, we will.
"The paper also heard National's environment spokesman Nick Smith say exactly the same thing at another meeting in
Greymouth, whilst standing next to Don Brash.
"Brash's two positions on this issue are impossible to reconcile. So, just whom has he been telling fibs to? Was it the
West Coast last July, or the whole of New Zealand yesterday?"