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RMA Hindering New Zealand's Development

Posted on 11 Dec 2003
Environment Minister Marion Hobbs has described the RMA as ‘beautifully written and beautifully balanced’ – what a joke, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today.

Project Aqua 'Call In' Patently Unfair

Posted on 01 Sep 2003
The Government’s ‘call in’ of Project Aqua, under the procedures of the Resource Management Act, raises a number of issues while, at the same time, highlighting two points of conflict, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today.

Hobbs confirms RMA Unworkable

Posted on 01 Sep 2003
ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today that the Labour government’s intention to fast track the Resource Management Act’s decision-making process is confirmation of what ACT has been saying for years.

“All the government is proving by side-stepping the Resource Management Act and fast-tracking Project Aqua is what ACT has stated from the outset – the resource management provisions, which small business have to struggle with continually, are unworkable.
“If the government wants to accept that the RMA needs reforms, that would be progress,” Mr Prebble said.
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Kyoto Rorts And Scams

Posted on 27 Aug 2003
The fart tax on pastoral farming and Labour’s appropriation of forest-owners’ carbon credits is just the start of the Government’s Kyoto rorts, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today.

Breaking Down Market Disciplines

Posted on 29 Jul 2003
“We have now seen the spectre of Government announcing the construction of a new 155-megawatt oil-fired power plant – it seems that Labour isn’t satisfied with its state-owned monopolies controlling the energy sector, it now wants to return to the days when energy decisions were made around the Cabinet table” ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Energy Spokesman Ken Shirley said today.

Nice One Harry, But Talk To Chris Carter

Posted on 17 Jul 2003
Associate Energy Minister Harry Duynhoven is justifiably proud of the fact that mining industry receipts have, for the first time, topped $500 million, ACT New Zealand Energy Spokesman Ken Shirley said today.

Energy Problems Remain Unsolved

Posted on 06 Jun 2003
While this year’s energy crisis may have been averted, it is clear that we are very vulnerable in a dry year – and the el Nino weather patterns could well create an extremely tight situation later this year or next year,” ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today.

Pike River Move Step In The Right Direction

Posted on 27 May 2003
While it is pleasing that Westland’s Pike River coalfield has received a favourable response to its resource consents, the developers still face major obstacles, ACT New Zealand Energy Spokesman Ken Shirley said today.

Another Bureaucratic Committee

Posted on 20 May 2003

The Government’s response to the energy crisis announced no more than the establishment of another bureaucratic commission with the p

The Energy Sector

Posted on 13 May 2003
A situation analysis with recommendations for action.