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Friday, September 09, 2005

Outright Lies #10

The Greens are claiming the EB brochures are filled with outright lies. I'm having a look at the claims, one by one, to see how the EB may have formed their opinion.

Outright lie #10: Push high country farmers off their lease-hold land.

Remember how Brash is proposing to pay market rents for state housing, and (I understand) re-introduce a rental subsidy? Well the Greens suggest that they wish to review the tenure of high country farms, with lots of consultation and negotiation, before setting market rents on high country lease holds.

The Greens say:
The South Island high country contains a great deal of ecologically sensitive land which is owned by the Government and which has been downgraded by grazing. Furthermore, much of this land has been rented out to farmers at rents that have not been adjusted for inflation for many years, which means they're leasing it off the public at prices much lower than the land's actual worth. The Greens support an investigation of the current tenure review process, to ensure that conservation values are protected, and that New Zealand’s natural heritage is not lost forever.
So the Greens aren't going to push farmers off the land. After a lengthy consultation process they will raise the rents, which will force them off the land, and into State Housing, which they fully subsidise, so there is no need to worry. Just like their capital gains tax, where they support the idea of CGT, this is another statement where they say one thing and then try to say another. They have managed to combine flip-flop with double standards. Well done.

Verdict: Guilty

Posted by ZenTiger | 9/09/2005 02:01:00 pm


Blogger Murray said...

Maybe the greens would like to spend a couple of winter seasons working a high country spread.

Then they might have a different idea of what "market value" actually is.

The Speights adds are documentry than anything else.

(The beer is still weasle piss though)

9/09/2005 03:29:00 pm  
Blogger Tane said...

Like most things, I think the devil here is in the details. If a farmer is leasing land off the government at a rate agreed in 1980, then it might be time to review it. Whether the farmer is forced off the land depends on how high the new rate is set, and this is something the farmer will have a say in. I doubt that Fed Farmers will sit by and let government push it's members off the land. And do you know how much of a mess they make when they drive through Wgtn in their bloody tractors?

Besides, if the government doesn't get realistic rents for it's land, it might have to raise the top tax rate to 85 cents a couple of years earlier than planned.....

9/09/2005 04:32:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

If you do that you accept that reasoning then no contact with the government has any legal standing. Well not binding on the government anyway.

Shall we see where that takes us?

The think is living and working in places like Braemar Station is not fun 24/7. they are fequently cut off from the rest of world by white cold stuff. Making a good living of it keeps them there.

Reduce the porfits to what farmers make in more civilised climates and we lose more producers.

9/10/2005 01:49:00 am  

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