New Minister announced

April 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm by David Farrar

Congrats to who has been appointed Consumer Affairs Minister, plus Associate Transport and Climate Change. It was inevitable Simon would become a Minister at some stage – after three years and four months is pretty good time-wise.

gets promoted to Cabinet, drops Consumer Affairs and gains Internal Affairs.

picks up Environment in exchange for Internal Affairs. A big vote of confidence in her abilities.

gets Climate Change (he already had the international negotiations side of it) and David Carter gets Local Government.

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18 Responses to “New Minister announced”

  1. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Tim Groser gets Climate Change

    Nobody gets climate change. But we all get taxed on the concept.

    Good for Chris Tremain. I rate the guy.

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  2. David Garrett (6,786 comments) says:

    And Simon…I rate him highly…It is good to know that there will be another voice around the cabinet table (is he in or outside cabinet ??) to counter the weasels who would have us go back to crim hugging policies just as the change of direction is beginning to work…

    Chris Tremain? No…a bit too ready to please the bosses…not a deep thinker..

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  3. Jadis (147 comments) says:

    David, Simon is outside Cabinet.

    Will be interesting to see who is next FEC Chair.

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  4. Australis (100 comments) says:

    Tim Groser was originally quite sound on climate change – not impressed with the science, but very aware of the international politics. But now he has strutted the world stage picking up gold medals for New Zealand’s world-leading masochism, his objectivity has fled.

    He has morphed into a starry-eyed planet-saver.

    The country’s best prospect is that young Simon will apply his legal eye to the evidence. As Tim will be out of the country most of the time, Simon will probably have the major responsibility for steering through the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill, due to be introduced about May.

    Instead of easing in the doubling of the ETS tax, perhaps he will put it on hold until the outcome of the international negotiations becomes clearer.

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  5. tvb (4,259 comments) says:

    I wonder if Simon continues the Finance and Expenditure select committee Chair, which arguably more important than the Consumer Affairs portfolio. Associate Transport is interesting as there is quite a big law element in that and I assume Gerry Brownlee will keep the roading issues and leave Simon with the legal stuff. Climate Change is big complex and nasty. Simon will want to see hard evidence but that is not how this is being run. It is being run on emotion like a lot of Green issues.

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  6. Jadis (147 comments) says:

    Goldsmith is FEC

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  7. Jadis (147 comments) says:

    He is econ liberal, hard worker and young

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  8. wiseowl (834 comments) says:

    Tremain has no real idea about politics. Follow the leader.

    Shame about Carter for LG.Will he stand up for farmers who are over-rated? Doubt it.

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  9. Neil (572 comments) says:

    Wiseowl it sounds you are a rural ratepayer.
    Did you realize that farmers use considerable pressure to have high uniform annual charges which advantage more affluent ratepayers while hammering lower income folk. Very close to the same principle as the poll tax.
    This is very popular in mixed rural-urban councils. People with low value sections get hammered while the large country estate gets minimal rateage in this model.

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  10. Daigotsu (451 comments) says:

    What does a Minister of Consumer Affairs do?

    Serious I am not a whinging lefty I actually don’t know what the Minister is responsible for…

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  11. toad (3,673 comments) says:

    @Jadis 3:50 pm

    Goldsmith is FEC

    Oh, dear. Nobody likes him – not even within the Nats. Yes, he will be competent, but will piss lots of people off, including some of his own. Weird thing is that he is a better fit for the Actoids than Banks is.

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  12. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    ‘What does a Minister of Consumer Affairs do?’
    Great comment. C N Parkinson once noted NZ’s proclivity for having lots of cabinet ministers with very unimportant portfolios.

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  13. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    Good luck to Amy Adams. But can someone please tell her that if she accepts an invitation to speak, there is an expectation that she will expose herself to a few questions afterwards. Not to do so suggests a lack of confidence and puts her in the category of the ill-fated Ann Tolley.

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  14. David Garrett (6,786 comments) says:

    Orewa: Amy is more than capable of fielding questions….fear not…

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  15. Viking2 (11,284 comments) says:

    tvb (2,470) Says:
    April 2nd, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I wonder if Simon continues the Finance and Expenditure select committee Chair, which arguably more important than the Consumer Affairs portfolio. Associate Transport is interesting as there is quite a big law element in that and I assume Gerry Brownlee will keep the roading issues and leave Simon with the legal stuff. Climate Change is big complex and nasty. Simon will want to see hard evidence but that is not how this is being run. It is being run on emotion like a lot of Green issues.

    ah Well, let me tell you that his last year or three have been full of the company line with all the green stuff. So, if he changes from that what does that say about him and his company? All to be found in the archives of The Weekend Sun and Sunlive.co.nz. Bugger when your every written word is recorded for posterity.

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  16. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    David Garrett:

    Well in that case why does she decline? She is our employee. If I refused to answer questions from my boss I would be sacked and rightly so. Too much ego, I fear.

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  17. wiseowl (834 comments) says:

    Neil 4.30
    I am well aware of UAGC’s but disagree.This has been one way to get some fairness back into the system.
    Most farmers don’t know what a UAGC is.
    Rural ratepayers continually get hammered with rates that are excessive. My point was Carter has been disappointing as a Minister.
    Take the milk situation at present. Government trying to set the price of milk????
    If you listen to his interviews with Richard Loe around 5.30 am you will be better informed…………and alarmed

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  18. Jadis (147 comments) says:

    Toad. It is McClay. And yes… I was taking the piss just a little.

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