John Key MP
National Party Leader
06 May 2008
‘Carbon neutral’ policy added to scrap heap
National Party Leader John Key says Helen Clark’s promise of ‘carbon neutrality’ is heading the same way as closing the
gaps, taking New Zealand to the top half of the OECD, the knowledge wave, and economic transformation.
“It’s pleasing the Government is finally waking up to the fact that households are hurting and new taxes at this time
will only make matters worse. National would support the proposal to delay new fuel taxes to lift some of the pressure
off struggling families.
“But climate change is another area where Labour’s talked a big game and delivered little.”
Mr Key says Labour’s record on climate change speaks for itself.
“We still have growing greenhouse gas emissions, record deforestation, and a Kyoto liability which has turned around
from a credit to a deficit.
“Meanwhile, the Whirinaki power plant, which was supposed to be used only in 1-in-60 dry-year emergencies, is burning
millions of litres of diesel. The rhetoric simply does not match the record.”
Mr Key says National supports the principle of the ETS and is following the select committee process closely. National
has had reservations about the timing of new taxes on motorists and households when there has been no personal tax
relief for so long.
“Labour’s priorities are all wrong. Instead of taking steps to improve productivity and grow New Zealanders’ after-tax
incomes, it has spent $1.5 billion in the past few weeks on foreign affairs bureaucrats and a train set.
“Neither of those big ticket items will do anything to stop the flood of Kiwis leaving for Australia, improve after-tax
incomes, or help families afford the groceries each week.
“Given that there is now considerable international debate about how ‘sustainable’ bio-fuels really are, Helen Clark
must turn her attention to the new bio-fuels tax.
“This threatens to load even more costs on to the price of a litre of petrol. She should add that to the list of slogans
that didn’t work in practice.”