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Call On Labour to “Bury the Anti-Vitamin Bill”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday 11th July 2008


Health Freedom Spokesperson: Nicola Grace

Call On Labour to “Bury the Anti-Vitamin Bill”

Health Freedom New Zealand (HFNZ) calls on Labour to do the right thing by the New Zealand voting public and get rid of the Anti-Vitamin Bill (Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill) from the legislative agenda, thereby removing the threat of untold misery for New Zealand citizens. “The government needs to admit that the Bill is dead and must be finally buried,” says HFNZ spokesperson Nicola Grace.

The exceedingly unpopular “Anti-Vitamin Bill” has and failed to attain the numbers for parliament support. It has been rejected by two Health Select Committees, an Administration Select Committee, Maoridom, National, Greens, Maori Party, Act, New Zealand First and independents Taito Phillip Field and Gordon Copeland as well as hundreds of thousands of New Zealand voters.

Deplorably, instead of dumping the bill, Labour are claiming the Bill has been “put on hold” until they can coerce voting levels to its favour. Health Minister, David Cunliffe has confirmed Labour will go ahead with ANZTPA and are currently in negotiations with the Australian Government.

“This Bill CAN NOT be permitted to covertly prowl the corridors of unbridled power, waiting for an opportunity for another back room deal which will allow it to raise its monstrous head at some unannounced Labour late night or pre election sitting” says Nicola.

“This is an unpopular Bill that no one wants except certain factions within the Labour elite – even the Labour members of its own Health Select Committee voted against the adoption of this Bill.” She continues.

Spawned from a treaty that Annette King had no mandate to sign, this Bill has never managed to gain the respect of parliament, the people, or the industry. It does not have the numbers this side of the election and any attempt to revive it will result in further nails in Labour’s coffin. “It is now past high time that Labour does the honourable thing by scrapping the Bill in its entirety and begin to openly and transparently move toward an acceptable New Zealand model that is kept out of the hands of Medsafe which has been proven to be a pharmaceutically biased regulatory body” says Nicola.


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