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

 


Greens disappointed at Alliance's GE position

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today she was disappointed that the Alliance now considered the Green Party's wish for a full moratorium on genetically engineered field trials to be 'extreme'.

The Alliance yesterday said it had dropped its push for a full moratorium on genetic engineering field trials while the Royal Commission into genetic engineering deliberates. Associate Environment Minister Phillida Bunkle is also reported as saying the Greens are now advocating a full moratorium for political ends.

Ms Fitzsimons said she was surprised at the shift in position from the Alliance, especially since Phillida Bunkle has had private members bills in parliament calling for a moratorium. Ms Fitzsimons said she was also concerned at how pursuing an election promise could be construed as political point-scoring.

"The Greens like to think that in an MMP environment it is healthy and normal for coalition partners to have points and issues of difference, and to be able to voice them in public," said Ms Fitzsimons. "To be able to do this preserves the independence and the principles of all parties involved.

"Either the Alliance now feel unable to do this or the Alliance have genuinely changed their mind on what was an election platform," she said.

"Either way the Greens are saddened that we are now the only party in Parliament that believe a hold should be placed on new genetic engineering experiments while the Royal Commission deliberates.

"We feel that to approve further experiments while the inquiry examines the risks and ethics of genetic engineering seriously undermines the inquiry," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"I will continue to put my moratorium bill in the ballot for Members' Bills while the Royal Commission is sitting."

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news