Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Biosafety Stance Should Be Made Public - Greens

28th January 2000

Biosafety Stance Should Be Made Public - Greens

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today called on the Government to make public the position New Zealand is taking at the crucial biosafety talks in Montreal.

The talks, which started on the 24th January and end today, aim to set rules for international trade in living genetically modified organisms, including seeds, grains, animals and their derived products.

Ms Fitzsimons said the talks were vital to New Zealand's control over genetically engineered imports, and the public should be fully informed about the stance that New Zealand was taking.

"The Green Party supports a strong biosafety protocol which would force overseas exporters to inform us of genetically modified organisms coming into the country," she said.

Ms Fitzsimons said she hoped the New Zealand delegate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade official Darryl Dunn, had been briefed to put safety and environmental concerns first.

"Any protocol agreement must preserve a country's control over its own borders. Any Government must have the right to reject genetically modified imports, without the fear of being hauled up in front of the WTO for contravening international trade agreements."

Ms Fitzsimons said she had informed Prime Minister Helen Clark of the Green Party position on the biosafety protocol.

"New Zealand should not agree to any protocol which would pre-empt the results of the Royal Commission on genetic engineering," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"The choice of saying yes or no to imports of genetically modified organisms should be made by the people and Government of New Zealand. Overseas commercial firms who have invested huge sums in developing these organisms should not be given the power to force them on us."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

At one level, this has been the week that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln – which once led a civil war that ended the slave economy of the South – has now defined itself openly as being the party of white nationalism.

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>


RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>


Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>


Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>


$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>


The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>


Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>





InfoPages News Channels