Monday, April 16, 2012
National Rejects Broadening MoU With Greens.
While the Green Party has always been open about the unlikely event of granting confidence and supply to a National led Government the party has always been open about working with them on projects that support Green Policy. Last term a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National included the Healthy Homes Project, the clean up of the toxic Tui Mine site and some useful research into pest eradication. All of these joint projects were viewed as successful and, in the case of the Health Homes Project, added real economic value by creating employment and contributing to a reduction in health spending.
It is interesting that for this term the National Government had no interest in broadening the MoU and wouldn't consider any of the new projects the Greens put on the table, apparently the priorities and philosophies are now too dissimilar. National rejected the Greens suggestion of implementing aspects of the Green Growth Advisory Report, wasn't interested in emphasizing sustainability in government procurement and rejected providing support for small and medium-sized businesses that embraced green economic opportunities.
The Government's rejection of the the Green's proposals clearly indicates that it has no more interest in pretending that it cares about sustainability, supporting small businesses or re-establishing our clean green brand. In National's zero budget/austerity plan there is no extra funding for new projects or even to support government services at current levels and yet there is still money being splashed out on overseas trips, golf tournaments, the Prime Minister's protection squad and National's roads of insignificance.