We heard a lot from National before the election last year about the Green Party wanting to ban things. David Farrar even compiled a list, even though many of the things on it incorrectly stated Green policy or were standards or restrictions, rather than bans.
So when I saw John Key reported as wanting to ban pseudoephedrine in cold medicines, I thought I’d do a tally of the things National has banned or has proposed to ban in the six months they have been in office.
I got to 20. Additions to the list welcome.
- Public submissions on the Electricity (Renewable Preference) Repeal Act 2008
- Public submissions on the Bail Amendment Act 2008
- Public submissions on the Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Biofuel Obligation Repeal Act 2008
- Public submissions on the Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008
- Public submissions on the Employment Relations (Probationary Employment) Amendment Act 2008
- Employees in workplaces with less than 20 staff taking personal grievances if dismissed in the first 90 days of employment
- Employees in workplaces with less than 20 staff right to be told the reason for their dismissal if dismissed in the first 90 days of employment
- Public submissions on the Electoral Amendment Act 2009
- Gang patches in Whanganui
- Public submissions on the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009
- Councils and local government organisations in the Auckland region from making ongoing expenditure commitments over $20,000
- Councils and local Government organisations in the Auckland region borrowing money for a period that extends beyond 30 June 2011
- Councils in the Auckland region refusing to co-operate with the Auckland Transition Agency’s local government reorganisation plans
- People in Auckland region having the right to a poll on local government reorganisation
- Appealing a resource consent application to the Environment Court unless they put up security for costs
- The Minister of Conservation from making decisions on behalf of the public on consent applications for restricted coastal activities
- The right to appeal a Council plan on other than points of law
- The ability of community groups “representing a relevant aspect of the public interest” to become party to an appeal if they were not a submitter
- Councils from creating rules that protect trees of a certain size or type
- Pseudoephedrine in cold medicines
Quite a tally for 6 months in office. Scarily, many on National’s list are bans on democratic participation, which is not something you would find on any Green list.