Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Committee Stage- Video 4 – Part 4

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Committee Stage- Video 4 – Part 4

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but it’s an issue I just draw it to the minister’s attention will be voting against it anyway mr. other on top tax man i am happy to provide an explanation in can i acknowledge the work of both Maggie Barry and the Department of Conservation in developing these more practical provisions for dealing with concession applications and I think it’s important to firstly understand and explain for the member from New Zealand first question and that is at the moment when a concession application is received by the Department of Conservation the minister has to make a decision as to whether they intend to grant the concession and that causes huge confusion and the member may well recall the controversy when I was privileged to be Minister of Conservation around both the tunnel proposal and in respect of the monorail proposal now that creates quite a difficult confusion because it’s as though the government wants to favor now what we do want to have is a members alike blue jean have been absolutely correct in saying these leads are primarily there for conservation purposes the Minister of Conservation has got a really important role to protect that and so what is being provided in the improved process in section 117 SB is before an application is even notified the department of the minister is able to say nah I’m not even prepared to consider that I don’t want to publicly notify it is obvious that is inconsistent with the purposes with what that land souls in other words it is saying it is so out of leaf feel that we just want to say no at the beginning and I think that’s a reasonable provision these are public lands and for that purpose now the second question has been asked around the timeframes and the 40-day 20-day the challenge I have four members opposed to this provision is why is it any different to the Resource Management Act whether it be for mining or whether it be substantive activities if the arguments that mr. Parker wants to put forward that says that you’ve got community conservation organizations that are concerned or what about a major mining proposal that has big impacts on the quality of water that’s a public resource equally important as that conservation land what the government is saying is both in terms of the notification period 20 working days and what is provided for in this part around the Christmas break period is to make the provisions exactly the same around conservation concessions as they are on the RMA if members of the Labour Party and other opposition members want to add you that these time frames are wrong i would put to them they should also change the RMA because you can have mess of multi-billion dollar projects huge impacts on public resources on coastal space all sorts of things and I just think there’s a really sensible argument for those to be consistent the third point i would make about in these provisions is actually a real problem for ministers of conservation when certainly i was there and previously is that people can lodge applications for concessions with minimal information requirements and i do draw members attention to this part that substantially boosts the Department of Conservation’s requirement that if you want to apply for a concession on public land you have to provide a lot more better quality information for that concession even before the clock start ticking and they being publicly notified and that I think is a substantial improvement in the way in which we manage concessions on public land mr. Shiraishi wasn’t going to take a call on this

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