Response to so-called ‘fast track’ Covid-19 billPosted: July 9, 2020
I know you know that the National Party has won the most seats of any party in parliament for four successive elections primarily because they have made it clear they would do nothing significant about climate change. However, the Labour Party has seemed to say that climate change is our ‘nuclear-free’ moment. But this bill has not given much attention to climate change; no so-called ‘fast track’ has any substance without significant attention to climate change. The slogan is mis-named as ‘shovel-ready’ but the only meaningful projects are ‘future ready’ ones.
- The short public submission period made it difficult for people to meaningfully engage in the process.
- An overwhelming number of submissions called for climate change to be included in the Bill as a bottom-line. The amendments in the Select Committee report improve the bill but do not do enough to ensure that fast-track projects support Aotearoa’s transition to a zero-carbon future.
- The Select Committee report moves to diminish the role of mana whenua by moving consistency with Te Tiriti and Treaty settlements from a requirement to a ‘consideration’.
- Every New Zealander has an important role in protecting the environment, and should not be excluded from having a say on projects that will impact our environment and climate resilience for years to come.