I confess I haven’t looked it up, but surely it must be a record that 7 of the 12 questions to be asked in parliament today are about the same topic – mining our last remaining protected places.
Here is the litany of questions that Ministers must answer, beginning with our very own Metiria Turei:
METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Tourism: Does he stand by his statement in the House that “I certainly agree that part of New Zealand’s important brand is the ‘clean, green’ image”?
Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said “What I stand by is environmentally sensitive mining”, did he actually mean mining in environmentally sensitive areas?
CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What were the findings of the Government stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act?
TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Translation: How will the Government resolve the comments by Nikki Kaye MP, about the plans to open up Great Barrier Island to mining, reported as this does not stack up “when environmental and economic factors are taken into account, and given the island’s status in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park”; and what role will Ngāti Rehua play in achieving any resolution?
Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Why does she think it proper to cede control of mining in conservation areas by allowing the Minster of Energy and Resources to be a co-decision-maker in these decisions?
CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that “I have made it clear that the Government has no intention of mining high-value conservation land”?
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Does he stand by his statement that he ordered the inquiries into the leaking of information about the stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and changes to the structure of the public sector?
Surely this broadside of questions, including all the supplementary questions that go with them, should be enough to convince John Key that he is on a hiding to nowhere with this idiotic idea? Probably not.
I’ll try and update the progress of the circus as it transpires. It’s on now.