The National Government used to talk about one for law for all, now it’s a case of one law for oil
The Government shouldn’t be writing laws to limit protest at the behest of Shell, the Green Party said today.
“The National Government used to talk about one for law for all, now it’s a case of one law for oil,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.
Mr Hughes was responding to official documents which show that the Government drafted its anti-protest legislation after the oil and gas industry, including Shell Oil, sought a more robust government response to protest action.
“This Government works for the interests of its corporate mates, not ordinary New Zealanders,” said Mr Hughes.
“When questioned about his motivations for drafting this anti-protest legislation, Energy Minister Simon Bridges has been murky with the truth.”
When asked by TVNZ’s Jessica Mutch, “Did mining companies complain to the Government?”, Mr Bridges replied, “there have been many complaints”. Yet, later in response to a Green Party written question which asked what companies had complained about protesting actions in our Exclusive Economic Zone, he replied that he had received no complaints.
“Mr Bridges does not want the New Zealand public to know that he has curtailed their right to protest at the request of a foreign oil giant,” said Mr Hughes.