I’m sick to death of the horrible right wing spin doctors (don’t use that phrase very often) trying to have everyone believe that Labour has suddenly become anti-mining.
Labour isn’t anti-mining.
Our party has a strong history of supporting the rights of miners and was born from the Blackball “Crib time Strike” after the Arbitration Court had refused to lengthen the coalminer’s lunch break from 15 minutes to half an hour.
In 1908, seven workers went on strike and refused a command to return to their jobs. When the group was fired, fellow workers joined the strike. The management agreed to the longer break. The strike showed the rest of New Zealand that collection action was effective. As a result the Red Feds were established, and from them the Federation of Labour and the NZ Labour Party evolved.
Labour does however oppose mining in our national parks, and land that has been determined to be schedule four in the Crown Minerals Act because of its highly conservation values. It’s that simple. We don’t oppose mining. We do oppose mining on our precious land.
The government is disingenuous on this issue and I reckon most New Zealanders know it.