What is Labour’s policy on drilling?

Labour’s position on oil drilling seems very confusing.

David Farrar blogs linking to a Stuff article about Shane Jones spruiking something that purports to be Labour policy.

Controversial Labour Party bigwig Shane Jones has moved to position the party well clear of the Greens and their “anti-development” message.

In Taranaki for a two-day visit with party justice spokesman list MP Andrew Little, the regional development spokesman spent much of the first day pow-wowing with oil and gas industry players.

“I am keen to defang these misapprehensions that are abounding that somehow industry has disappeared from our purview.

“Nothing could be further from the truth and if my visit provides the opportunity to reinforce the centrality of jobs, the importance of industry and the need for a future Labour-led government to assuage whatever anxieties might be there in the minds of employers or future investors then I am up for the task,” he said.

Offshore oil and gas drilling was an essential feature of domestic and export growth, Mr Jones said, and businesses and enterprises enabling it would get full government support.  

Which is all a bit confusing because it appears to fly in the face of this campaign by Grant Robertson…they are even on the bludge with the campaign. (note teh little hint for Labour supporters as to what the picture is of)

National has tendered blocks off our coast for oil drilling without consulting Wellingtonians.

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What exactly is Labour’s oil policy? It seems very confusing. At least we know what the policy is of their coalition support partner…no drilling anywhere, at all, ever.

If Labour had a leader perhaps they could clear it all up for us.

 

 


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  • Col

    oh umm oh arr yes oh oh umm no that was oh umm, Shearer at the dentist, that’s his reply to the question.

  • johnbronkhorst

    “I am keen to defang these misapprehensions that are abounding that somehow industry has disappeared from our purview.”
    Considering the ONLY way to the treasury benches, for labour, is via the greens!!!
    What concessions will be made? How can you say with such certainty, what you will be allowed to do by your economic masters….the greens!!!

  • blokeintakapuna

    “Nothing could be further from the truth and if my visit provides the opportunity to reinforce the centrality of jobs, the importance of industry and the need for a future Labour-led government to assuage whatever anxieties might be there in the minds of employers or future investors then I am up for the task,”

    Your funders – the unions trying to sabotage the LoTR films and NZ’s film industry is the reason why Mr. Jones. Then there’s the $400million convention centre that NZ gets at no cost to the taxpayer or rate payer – and Labour’s public calls of it being a “dirty deal” whilst 4 x senior MP’s plus your intrepid leader avail themselves of free Sky city hospitality. That’s the other reason this month Mr. Jones.

    Last month’s, was Mr. Little calling employers “parasites” and the cash for passports corruption is yet more reasons why NZ simply does not trust Labour… and then when paired with the fruit-loop greenie’s…

  • Justsayn

    Look, we love you all but Russ and Clint make our policy decision At the moment. If we can govern alone then it is all good, but in the unlikely event that the greens have us over a barrel it us all up for grabs.

    As I said to the room service lady this morning, we have things in hand and will give it a good shake up.

  • GazzW

    A vote for Shearer (or Little, or Cunliffe, or Robertson) is a vote for Russel Norman (& his co-leader).

  • Dave Broad

    Vote Labour, get Green.

  • steve and monique

    While these wankers need the Greens to win the next election,I would not trust a word they say. And that is regardless of who is steering the barb wire canoe they are in now.

  • cows4me

    I do hope Jones asked Clint first.

  • Travis

    They know the Origin/ TAWN deal is almost a done deal with NZEC and want to delay so they can claim all the glory for the East Coast Basin. Key is too smart not to let this one hang around to long. If the TAG & NZEC numbers are half true, royalties will be country changing for NZ and Labour/Greens will do all they can to stop that from happening. Forget about the oil, just think what the employment would do for the East Coast. That means a big increase in votes swinging to the right. Win – Win – Win.

  • thor42

    I very much doubt that there will ever be any oil-drilling off Wellington’s south coast or in Cook Strait.

    There are at least three known active faults there, FFS – plus maybe more that we don’t yet know about.

    I’d say no chance of drilling there.

  • BR

    “If Labour had a leader perhaps they could clear it all up for us.”

    Would a labour leader clear it up?

    A Labour leader would lie to get votes before the election, but once elected would turn on a dime to appease the greens. Never trust the bastards.

    Bill.

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