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

 


Pressure mounts on Govt. to support Green bill

22 January 2000

Pressure mounts on Govt. to support Green anti nuclear bill

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said pressure was mounting on the Government to match its words with action and support a Green Party bill which would outlaw nuclear shipments from New Zealand's 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Ms Fitzsimons' bill is currently before select committee but the Government has already stated it may not support it to the next stage.

"I drafted this bill when I first came to Parliament in 1997 because I knew that there would be an increase in the shipments of nuclear waste. New Zealand must regain its leadership on the nuclear issue and protect not only our nation but every other nation from the increasing risk of these lethal shipments," she said.

"British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) - the firm which is shipping this mixed oxide fuel - is a company that has been plagued by safety scandals and accidents, the latest being the falsification of safety data for similar shipments to Japan, Switzerland and Germany.

"BNFL have also been warned by the UK Safety Inspectorate to fix 28 safety problems at its plant there or be closed down," said Ms Fitzsimons. "This firm have just sent public relations executives to New Zealand to persuade us these fuel shipments are safe - why on earth would we trust them and put the future of New Zealand in their hands?

"These BNFL shipments are expected to increase over the next decade. They are not minor - one shipment contains twice as much radioactivity as was released in the Chernobyl disaster," she said.

"Under the International Law of the Sea these nuclear cargos are entitled to claim 'innocent passage'. At the same time the Treaty requires us to protect fisheries and the environment within this 200 mile zone. Clearly the conflict between these two provisions needs clarifying. The current interpretation of the International Law of the Sea is undermining New Zealand's sovereignty and New Zealand's ability to protect its own people.

"Passing my bill would be sending the world the strongest possible signal that we are not going to tolerate this unacceptable risk and that we going to regain our leadership in opposing the nuclear hazard," she said.

"I once again urge all parties in the New Zealand Parliament to get behind this bill and support it."

Attached is recent background material on British Nuclear Fuels Ltd from The Independent.

Jeanette Fitzsimons MP: 07 868 6641, 025 586 068 Jonathan Hill (press secretary): 04 470 6719, 021 440 090

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news