Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yours, not mines

Labour has just started a campaign against mining in schedule 4 land. They're late to the party - the Greens have been hammering on this issue for months - but every bit helps. And their picture accurately summarises the choice we have as kiwis: whether to keep our precious natural places, or dig them up so that a few people (mostly foreigners) can get rich.

They've also got a petition [PDF] on the issue, which is almost identical to the Green one [PDF]. But interestingly, their list of actions does not include submitting on the discussion paper. That's the most effective form of protest, in that a loud enough scream of outrage might convince the government, which does care about public opinion, to back down. Hopefully Labour will be rectifying that omission soon.