Mining proposal a "stocktake" says PM
John Key PM says mining proposal always only a stocktake of minerals, says govt reflecting on what is right and achievable
2 March 2010
Prime Minister John Key is denying claims the government is worried about a public backlash over exploring mining opportunities on conservation land.
The government is due to release a stocktake of the mineral possibilities of the land and the Greens say National is scaling down after realising a majority of the public are not in favour of the idea. But Mr Key says that is not the case.
"When the minister first mooted the idea he indicated quite clearly that we shouldn't read too much into it. That it was genuinely a stocktake. We'll be working our way through it and reflecting on what we think is right and what is achievable."
Mr Key believes the Government has the balance right and he expects a discussion document to be released in the next few weeks.
But John Key will find little public support for his stocktake. It is the stocktake that voters take every three years which is the most important.