That’s a tough word, but to my mind, selling off our clean, green image for only $36 per voter (one off price!) can only be described as negligent.
That’s the low down from a series of economic reports commissioned by Forest & Bird as part of their submission into the mining of Schedule 4 consultation.
It seems that the true economic benefit of digging up the minerals in Schedule 4 is only $100 million, which comes to only $36 per voter. The potential tourism losses of up to $6.1 billion, in exchange for $100 million in economic benefit, kill any notion that this is a good idea.
Given how determined Gerry Brownlee is to see some economic development, it’s a shame we have to add digging up our National Parks to the list of Government growth strategies with a negative cost benefit.
How about we research how to acheive prosperity without growth?
Do you need any economics savvy to write policy for this Government?