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The PM has announced "jobs for nature" as a key part of the government's economic recovery plan.
Don't you just feel warm and fuzzy in the wake of that announcement?
Hey, I'm all in favour of tidying up the country and looking after the environment, in fact this should always be one of our top priorities. However, I'm not so sure that it's going to be an effective way to restore NZ's economic prosperity or to create sustainable long-term employment as we continue to weather the CV19 storm.
In fact, I think it's going to become a huge burden on future generations to the extent that perhaps it's not a good idea at all at this stage of events.
In previous times of high unemployment and economic hardship, governments have embarked in public works programs that have created much of the infrastructure we still enjoy and benefit from to this day -- but should Joe Average public and their descendants be made to pay to clean up waterways polluted by farmers?
Ought not the responsibility for that be more fairly apportioned to those who have gained from that pollution? Geez Farmer Brown, that's a nice new car and wow you seem to have pocked a hell of a lot of tax-free capital gain when you sold the farm on retirement eh?
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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