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

 


HSNO Amendments Strike The Right Balance

Thursday, 28 March 2002

Amendments to the law governing use of genetically modified organisms strike the right balance between preserving opportunities in biotechnology and assuring public and environmental safety, says Minister of Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson.

Mr Hodgson said changes made to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill by the Finance and Expenditure Committee had clarified the legislation and would not impose extra compliance costs on researchers.

“The substantial effect of the Bill is to require the Environmental Risk Management Authority to impose conditions on GMO research that it has optionally imposed to date. This remains true following the select committee’s amendments.

“The Government will be making further changes to the law that will cut compliance costs for approval of low-risk research involving GM organisms, often carried out under highly secure conditions in a laboratory. This is the area in which compliance costs have most frustrated researchers and it can be fixed without increasing risk to the public or the environment.”

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