Woods protects taxpayers from oil and gas decommissioning costs – but she invites applications to dip into a $3.8bn housing trough, too

One Beehive announcement from Megan Woods steers the public to around $1 billion sloshing around in a $3.8 billion trough in her Housing bailiwick by announcing  eligibility criteria. Partnership with Maori will be helpful for those who are keen to line up for a slice of the action.

Another announcement from Megan Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources this time, shows the Government wants to ease the burden on  taxpayers by

“… preventing taxpayers picking up the bill for the decommissioning of oil fields”.

Whether legislation can “prevent” taxpayers from picking up the bill seems to be a moot point.

But Woods wants to give it a go through a Bill introduced to Parliament today which imposes an explicit statutory obligation on petroleum permit and licence holders to carry out and fund the decommissioning of petroleum fields.

There was a double dose of health stuff on the Beehive website.

First, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand is to be paused while the source of infection of new cases announced in Sydney is investigated.

Second, Health Minister Andrew Little delivered a speech in which he spoke of the government’s vision to create a smarter, fairer health system and its examination of every aspect of our system structure, services, workforce and infrastructure to find “how can we do better?” Climate change loomed large in the matters he discussed. Continue reading “Woods protects taxpayers from oil and gas decommissioning costs – but she invites applications to dip into a $3.8bn housing trough, too”