The Green party likes to ask the gotcha question of the Prime minister…Does he stand by all his statements?
Well time for the show to be on the other foot.
Does Russel Norman stand by all his statements?
Russel Norman’s talking down the economy again – lamenting the state of the dairy industry.
Falling dairy prices are highlighting the danger of National’s economic strategy that focuses on the export of a few, simple commodities, the Green Party said today.
Dairy prices are down 8.4 percent this week – a 41 percent fall from their highs in February. Whole milk prices are down 11.5 percent largely due to weaker demand from China.
“National’s economic strategy has simplified our economy and concentrated our exports on a few, low-value-added commodities,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.
“We want businesses to get on with innovating and exporting high value products that command high prices and support high wages.”
“National has bet the farm on the farm and it isn’t working. A growing reliance on one or two commodity exports has made our economy more vulnerable to commodity price swings.
“Producing increasing amounts of milk powder also has huge, downstream environmental impacts. We need to build a smart green economy with much lower carbon emissions and water pollution.
“A smarter way forward is to invest in innovation and policies that support our manufacturing and ICT export sectors.
“National is not building a strong, resilient export sector.”
Perhaps someone might like to ask him: ¬†¬†“You are proposing a carbon tax of $25, starting at $12.50 on all dairy farmers. You said at the time “they could afford it”. Now that dairy prices have fallen 41% are you going to abandon that policy?”
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