As promised earlier, I released to the media yesterday a copy of all correspondence and documents in relation to Labour’s negotiation with the National party on revising the Emissions Trading Scheme. As you will see, we were assuming that our meetings would be continuing as we got down to agreement on a MoU and proceeded in a fair fashion.
Labour could not have made such a deal like that made between National and the Maori party. What we were prepared to negotiate was made clear in the Minority view in the ETS Select Committee’s report, a view I elaborated upon last week.
Labour had been very principled in what to compromise and had expected that National would also bring their principles to the table, in a negotiated process towards a fair outcome.
Now, it’s difficult to see how that could be accomplished.