Is there any difference between a quarry and an open-cast mine?
We wonder what Phil Goff's response to that question would be. Over at Gotcha, WhaleOil notes that one of Phil Goff's near neighbours in the Roskill electorate is the Winstone Quarry; it's a mere 350 metres from the absentee Member for Roskill's electorate office. We guess that's few enough degrees of separation to well and truly qualify Phil as a NIMBY! And Whale lists a number of high-profile ex-quarries in Auckland which have since been transformed and opines:
Don’t believe Labour when they say that mines and quarries leave the land ruined and unusable for any other purpose. The proof people is right before your eye everywhere you look.
All that we need now is for some astute Honourable Member to hum the tune of Neighbours whenever Phil questions the Government over its mining plans! Pot; meet kettle!!