Archive for September, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: Taranaki voices excluded from parliament

September 17, 2015

An appalling miscarriage of justice …. we need to hear that some compensatory action has been taken such as delivering by hand copies to members of the select committees, with confirmation from the members themselves that they received (and read) them.

Climate Justice Taranaki

“Our group Climate Justice Taranaki confirmed today that Taranaki voices have been excluded from parliament for months with the region’s submissions being lost in cyberspace” says Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Urs Signer.

“When making submissions last week on the EPA (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill, we noticed that our group’s submission on this bill, as well as those from individuals in Taranaki, were not received when using parliament’s designated submission form. We then realised that the select committee also did not receive our submissions made in April, on the EEZ Amendment Bill which allows STOS and other oil companies to continue their operations before decisions of their marine consent applications and/or any subsequent objections or appeals are made.”

“Parliamentary Services has now acknowledged that people selecting ‘Taranaki’ as the region they reside in when using the submission form never had a chance to have their opinions heard by MPs…

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