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


Ministerial Double Standards On GE

4 November 2001

Ministerial Double Standards On Genetic Engineering

Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said it was a double standard for the Minister of Racing, Annette King, to ban cloning racehorses for cultural and heritage reasons, while Maori cultural objections to putting human genes in cows and sheep are ignored.

New Zealand and Australian ministers have banned the cloning of racehorses and greyhounds, citing the wishes of punters, and saying it is 'against the spirit of racing and abhorrent to the heritage element of the sport'.

"I would agree that cloning race horses and greyhounds would take the fun out of race meetings but I am astonished that the cultural wishes of a small group in the community who attend race meetings should be listened to, when our Treaty partners and other New Zealanders who are offended by genetically engineered food, and human genes in cows, are not," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"It is interesting that the Ministers made this decision themselves, unlike all other GE decisions in New Zealand which are delegated to ERMA by this hands-off Government.

"It's nice to see Ministers respecting the cultural and heritage wishes of race goers. Will they please extend that respect to the rest of us?"


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels