Parliament

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

 

Southland Times Eckhoff Column

Southland Times Eckhoff Column

Friday 20th Oct 2000 Gerry Eckhoff Article -- Other

Farmers risk being left behind if they fail to make their voices heard on the genetic modification debate.

The Green Party has already hijacked pole position at the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and are using their special interest group status at the hearings to play politics.

It is obvious from media reports so far that the Greens have hoodwinked the commission and are simply indulging in sensationalism. With their closed-minded attitude, they have a distinct advantage over any others who hold a contrary point of view. Something must be done to bring balance to the debate.

The Royal Commission process is all about numbers and the result may not depend on the quality of submissions. We need farmers and rural interest groups from every area to make submissions. They do not have to be experts, just normal sensible people putting forward their points of view.

We can not afford to stay put on the tractor seat and leave it solely up to groups like Federated farmers to put our case to the commission.

Genetic modification is not about putting an extra leg on a sheep or cow. It is very much about enhancing the sustainability of rural communities. Research in the agricultural sector over the years has also led to breakthroughs in the treatment of a variety of crippling or life-threatening diseases.

If the ‘sky is falling’ brigade have their way, New Zealand’s position in the world as a leader in agricultural research and production will be reduced to a laughable third world status. The argument being put forward by the Green Party is based more on hysterical ideology, than sound facts. It is nothing short of a totally selfish ‘to hell with you I’m all right Jack’ attitude.

A lack of understanding and interest by farmers saw us left out of the loop during the debate on the controversial Resource Management Act.

We can not allow the same thing to happen with the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels