Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, November 18th, 2013 - 107 comments
Categories: capitalism, climate change, david cunliffe, disaster, greens, labour, Mining, peak oil, privatisation, referendum, russel norman, sustainability - Tags:
John Key’s government is going full tilt at dismantling everything of value in NZ, and selling as much as possible to the overseas investors with money to burn. It’s the government of
Although Anadarko is making a cat and mouse game of it, by not turning up as expected to a mining site:
The Oil Free Seas Flotilla have successfully defended the sea above the site where oil giant Anadarko intends to start drilling.
Anadarko have so far failed to turn up at the site, despite an official ‘notice to mariners’ stating that they could have started drilling operations several days ago.
Land Information New Zealand Notices to Mariners Edition 23, dated 8 November says that ‘On or about 15 November 2013 until 14 February 2014 drilling operations will be performed by drillship Noble Bob Douglas’.
The drill site is over 100 nautical miles off the west coast of New Zealand, and in waters around a kilometer and a half deep.
The Oil Free Seas Flotilla is made up of six boats. They were cheered off by hundreds of New Zealanders from various ports earlier this week.
They are continuing to defend the site from the Noble Bob Douglas drilling ship, which has not yet been tested to drill at these depths.
And when the mines don’t make a profit for the owners, and/or disaster strikes, it’s the workers who pay and the government protects the business and mining interests. David Cunliffe said last week, ‘No ifs or buts, the government should pay miners‘ families.
“A report into the mine explosion found systemic failures by several government departments contributed to the deaths of the 29 miners.
“Two of the shareholders in Pike River Coal were also Crown agencies – ACC and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.
“There is nothing stopping the Prime Minister making a couple of quick phone calls to the Chairs of those boards and setting expectations about a pay-out in some shape or form.
“He should also be calling other significant shareholders and telling them in no uncertain terms to fulfil their moral obligations.
“If Mr Key can’t organise his Government to honour the lives of the dead miners then he does not deserve to be Prime Minister,” David Cunliffe said.
Greenpeace says, climate change – oil drilling is not a solution:
Faced with increasing restraints on access to the easy oil, companies are pushing in to areas previously considered too inaccessible, expensive or too risky to exploit. And this means going to greater and greater extremes to squeeze the last drops of oil from the earth – scraping the barrel in the tar sands of Canada, potentially violating the fragile ecosystems of the Arctic and now the pristine coastlines of New Zealand
They have a map showing the
current and proposed areas of oil exploration, drilling, and coal mining, and the climate-changing potential of those coal deposits.
Sell it: first the power companies, then Air NZ:
National has given favoured institutions the inside track to buying Air New Zealand shares while giving up on its promise that so-called ‘mum and dad’ investors would be the priority in its asset sales,
“There will be no offering to the public, making a lie of National’s claim that the sales are about creating widespread public ownership. Brokers have been clear that they expect the shares will go to institutions, not so-called ‘mum and dad’ investors.
“Just 2% of the public bought shares in Mighty River, only 1% bought into Meridian, and, for Air New Zealand, that figure will be 0%.
“This is a cynical attempt to flog off an asset to big institutions just before Kiwis get to have their say on asset sales. It is an insult to the 327,000 Kiwis who put their names to the petition that triggered the referendum and the vast majority of New Zealanders who oppose asset sales,” said Dr Norman.
What next in this trail of destruction of everything good for Kiwis, and fire sales of all that should have been retained to ensure a better future for all who live in NZ?
Norman mentioned the referendum – your voting papers will be in your mailbox soon. Information about the referendum here:
Voting in the Citizens Initiated Referendum takes place by post between 22 November and 13 December.
The question is:
Press release from the Electoral Commission today:
Over three million voting papers will arrive in letterboxes around New Zealand from this Friday as the citizens initiated referendum gets underway.
Information about voting at the last 2 links above.