Family First NZ says that families will be joining the farmers tomorrow in Wellington as they march against the Emissions Trading Scheme, due to kick in on July 1.
“The ETS is not just a farming issue – it is also a family issue,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“The $25 per week average increase given to families in the recent budget will soon be swallowed up by the increased costs in energy, petrol, and the flow-on effects on the cost of transportation and production costs which will increase retail prices including basic food requirements. These are all costs which will impact families who are already struggling – especially low income families.”
“The Budget says that most New Zealanders will receive roughly 0.5% to 1% average increase in real disposable income. Yet the Reserve Bank has estimated that the impact of the ETS on inflation will be at least 0.4% alone.”
“NZ families are being penalised by a tax that will have virtually no effect whatsoever on the climate, and amidst mounting evidence that the science behind global warming is not settled. The ETS will do nothing but increase the financial pressures on families,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“The Prime Minister’s own Chief Science Advisor has said that our ETS is just symbolic and political. The message to the government tomorrow will be simple and clear. Don’t penalise families and farmers – they are the backbone of this country.”
Note: Bob McCoskrie will be speaking at the conclusion of the March tomorrow on the steps of Parliament.