Dunne v Smith. With two bumbling idiots, it’s hard to know who to root for

I’m torn, in a battle of the idiots these two are fairly evenly placed.

Richard Harman at Politik reports:

Environment Minister Nick Smith is not commenting on a lengthy blog post from United Future Leader Peter Dunne accusing him of having an “all or nothing” approach to Resource Management Act reform.

Mr Smith has consistently told POLITIK that he expects to have a Reform Bill in the House before the end of the year.

But to pass that Bill he will need support from ACT and the Maori Party at the very least.

If he can’t get support from the Maori Party — and they have yet to confirm their full support – then he would need Mr Dunne.

(In May the Maori Party told POLITIK they supported 95% of the proposed changes.)

But it appears that Mr Dunne has been left out of Mr Smith’s briefings on the Bill which has clearly angered him.

Why would Nick Smith brief the fool from Ohariu? Dunne has opposed RMA reform, he is the enemy on this bill.

As Mr Dunne tells the story:

“Several months ago, the Minister for the Environment provided United Future (and possibly the Maori Party although that is not entirely certain) with a list of 39 headline amendments he wished to make to RMA processes.

“United Future’s response, after a brief period of consideration (which the Minister even tried to prescribe by suggesting whom we should and should not seek advice from) was that many of the proposals appeared reasonable, some were clearly objectionable, and others required more information.

“I suggested the best way forward would be to release a public exposure draft of a Bill so that we could all see how the proposed amendments fitted together and could therefore be assured that the Government was not trying to change the RMA’s principles by stealth. W

“When I discussed this with the Prime Minister in late June he agreed. Indeed, both he and the Minister of Economic Development gave public assurances shortly thereafter that an exposure draft would be released.’

And that’s where negotiations appear to have broken down.

“That was over four months ago, and nothing seems to have moved since.

“Various attempts have been made to find out where the exposure draft is at.

“We keep being told it is still being worked on. (It seems strange to have a list of 39 proposed amendments, but with no legal drafting.)

“But we are also being told it is a huge commitment of resources preparing such a draft without an assurance in advance that the proposals it contains will be accepted.

“If we do not ultimately support the changes, it will all have been a waste of time, they say.”

Mr Smith rejects the claim that United Future would need to agree to the changes before they could see the draft Bill.

And he says he has no comment on the rest of Mr Dunne’s blog.

Don’t you love the pretense of Peter Dunne having a party…United Future’s response…whatever Peter, keep on deluding yourself.

The best way forward is for Peter Dunne to stop grandstanding.


– Politik

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