Weâre very early into the election year, but it appears the Dominion Post has already nailed its colours to the post.
In what appears to be a truly bizarre rant, the Dominion Post appears to have opened a new office in Labour Party HQ.
In yesterdayâs editorial, they have launched a personal attack against Environment Minister Amy Adams.Â
âThe Government is keen to encourage offshore drilling for oil and gas, for obvious reasons. It hopes New Zealand will strike it rich. It is right to want to explore. That does not justify riding roughshod over people’s right to have a say in the matter, yet that is precisely what the Government is doing.
âCompanies wanting to get a marine consent to explore will not have the inconvenience of facing public submissions. Instead, the Environmental Protection Authority will decide.Â Environment Minister Amy Adams, in a typically mealy-mouthedÂ and evasive press release announcing the decision, calls this a “pragmatic” approach. It will, she assures the world, provide necessary environmental protections without placing unnecessary cost burdens on the industry.
âIn plain English, this means telling the people to mind their own business and letting the oil industry avoid the inconveniences of accountability to the public. Bureaucrats will decide in private whether consents will be given.â
Granted, Iâm not Adamsâ biggest fan (she is her biggest fan) but when an unjustified personal attack of this magnitude comes from what is supposed to be a respected newspaper, it pisses me off.
For a start, the Dominion Post has failed to do even some basic research. In fact, Amy Adams even went to the trouble of doing some research for them but they obviously ignored it because it didnât suit their agenda. Â Â Read more »