Image via WikipediaThe National Government is digging its own political grave with this mining debate that is not built on any outstanding need, but its rhetoric will help NZ catch up with Australia? Bollocks! Australia has a far greater population, is a richer country and has far greater supplies of mineral wealth around the country.
Nothing wrong with a stocktake, but New Zealand's economic future is bound up with its greatest potential - tourism! Mining will defeat that very purpose in many parts of the country where mining is proposed. Coal supplies can remain until they are needed, not at present Mr John Key. Its money in the bank for a rainy day, and it isn't raining today!