Saturday, August 20, 2005

Green Party Political Address

The Green Address started off with Rod Donaldson and Jeanette Fitzsimmons standing side-by-side speaking towards the camera. They stated the main themes of their government as being:
Clean Rivers
Safe Food
Fair Go
Clean Renewable Energy
They then spoke some more but the only note that I have of this is that Jeanette spoke about changing NZ's energy away from coal to Solar and Wind Power. Curiously nothing was said about Oil. The focus then switched to other Green MPs.

First was Sue Bradford who spoke about:
Ending child poverty
Raising the minimum age to $12/hour
Repealin s59 of the Crimes Act
The first is meaningless fluff, the second is economic idiocy that has little hope of being passed while the third is about ending the right of parents to use reasonable force to discipline their children (aka smacking).

Next appeared Sue Kedgely. She spoke about:
Flexible working hours
Labelling of GE food
NZ Control of Dietary supplements
Ending cruel agricultural practices
She didn't explain what her flexible working hours bill entailed while the GE labelling seems to contradict Jeanette's pledge to keep NZ GE free. The NZ Control of Dietary Supplements refers to NZ dietary supplements being monitored by a joint Australian/New Zealand authority - Sue thinks this is bad but won't explain why.

Then we had the execrable Keith Locke who claimed the Greens were responsible for freeing Ahmed Zaoui and not his laywer's making a bail application in the Supreme Court. He didn't have much to say except for bring peace to West Papua. Presumably his criticisms of the warmongering US were vetoed by the other Greenies.

Then Meteria Turei spoke. After a brief speech in Maori, she claimed the Greens were responsible for the establishment of the Maori Television Service. By keeping a straight face while uttering this lie, she clearly has the makings of a good politician. She also pointed out that the Greens voted against the Foreshore and Seabed Act but neglected to say what the Greens would replace it with.

Next on the Screen was Nandor Tanczos. Apart from the predictable legalization of dope, Nandor spoke about the Clean Slate Act, an inquiry into victim's rights, the creation of an independant prison inspectorate and an independant commission for appointing Judges. The last three sound like they were pulled out of Nandor's hair at the last minute since I've heard very little from him (except when it comes to dope) over the last term. This lack of visibility has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues who demoted him down the list as a result.

Mike Ward then briefly spoke about Waste Minimalization before the camera switched back to Rod. He opposed free-trade and spoke about wanting our clean green image to be a reality. So when the Greens have been opposing various projects and policies on the grounds that it would harm our clean, green image, they were talking about something that did not exist?

Finally the camera switched to Jeanette. She spoke of the Greens' efforts to keep NZ GE-free and "winning". Ordinary people would describe the end of the GE moratorium which she campaigned for extending indefinitely about at the last election to be a defeat. Jeanette then spoke about the end of cheap oil and how the Greens made the government buy back the rail network. She then said that the Greens wanted to shift funding from motorways which were "white elephants" into public transport and rail. In addition, the Greens planned to install half a million solar panels onto people's homes as an energy saving device. In conclusion, Jeanette pointed out that Labour could not govern alone and that a Labour/Green government was better than a Labour/NZ First government and that was the end of the Green Address.