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Re: Open letter to the Coalition government from NZ Scientific Societies

Postby Michael Szabo » Fri Apr 19, 2024 7:06 am

The deadline for submissions on the Fast-Track Approvals Bill is midnight tonight. You can make a quick submission now via these links:
https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/petiti ... for-nature
https://petition.act.greenpeace.org.nz/ ... submission
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Re: Open letter to the Coalition government from NZ Scientific Societies

Postby Michael Szabo » Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:17 pm

The deadline for submissions on the Fast-Track Approvals Bill is midnight tonight. You can make a quick submission now via these links:
https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/petiti ... for-nature
https://petition.act.greenpeace.org.nz/ ... submission
'New Zealand Birders' Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/857726274293085
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Re: Open letter to the Coalition government from NZ Scientific Societies

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Apr 22, 2024 12:18 pm

At least two businesses invited to apply for fast-track consents have donated to the National party, says Labour Party - RNZ

"Labour is warning that allowing just 3 ministers the last word on fast-tracking infrastructure projects opens them up to accusations of bias, especially when political donations might muddy the waters.

Environment spokesperson Rachel Brooking said they had identified at least two businesses on the government's list of organisations invited to apply for fast-tracked consents, which have donated to the National party."

Link to RNZ news report: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/514 ... ays-labour
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Thanks to everyone who made a submission

Postby Michael Szabo » Tue Apr 23, 2024 4:22 pm

Thanks to everyone in this forum who made a submission on the government's proposed Fast-Track Approvals Bill.

More than 15,000 people used the online submissions form that Greenpeace set up and more than 13,000 people used the similar online submissions form that Forest & Bird set up.

That's an impressive number of people given the time allowed for submissions by the government was just a couple of weeks rather than the usual several months.
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Fast Track Approvals Bill

Postby Michael Szabo » Thu May 09, 2024 10:50 am

Forest & Bird has joined with Communities Against Fast Track (CAFT), WWF New Zealand, Greenpeace Aotearoa, Coromandel Watchdog, and Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) to announce a ‘March for Nature’ on Saturday 8 June in Auckland to oppose the proposed new Fast-Track Approvals Bill. It starts at 1pm in Aotea Square on Queen Street:
https://www.facebook.com/forestandbird/ ... LEGM3YT8Vl
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