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


Greens: Loose With The Truth

There will be no release of genetically modified material into the New Zealand environment when the moratorium on GM applications ends on October 29, 2003, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said today. Green Party advertising claims to the contrary were untrue.

"A painstaking process must be followed after the moratorium," Marian Hobbs said. "Before GM material is released into our environment all applications will first have to be considered by the Environmental Risk Management Authority.

"Nothing can happen until ERMA has considered each application carefully. This includes a public submission process. Stringent minimum standards to protect the environment must be met and the positive effects of the organism would have to outweigh any adverse effects.

"Food would also require approval by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority and this wouldn't be granted until the food has been tested and found safe."

Marian Hobbs said the Greens were being irresponsible and misleading by turning something complex into a simple yes or no for some hoped-for political advantage.

"To be rational is to be responsible in caring for our future," Marian Hobbs said.

"In consultation with the Greens we established a Royal Commission which conducted the most wide-ranging inquiry into genetic modification of any country. The commission produced a thorough and balanced report.

"We acted on the Royal Commission's recommendations and made the health and safety of New Zealanders paramount in deciding to adopt a precautionary approach. That approach has been carried through in the Act that's just been passed by Parliament.

"The Greens are being loose with the truth and playing politics with a complex issue. That is irresponsible and brings into question their political credibility."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news