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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