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


National calls for inquiry into moth spray

National calls for inquiry into moth spray

A parliamentary select committee inquiry into the painted apple moth saga is essential to improving New Zealand's biosecurity, says National's Environment spokesperson, Nick Smith.

"The Government has made a total botch-up of dealing with this incursion, to the point that a residents' revolt in Auckland could halt the spray programme.

"MAF has proved slow and indecisive in responding to the original incursion, it has mismanaged the spray programme and it has alienated the West Auckland community through poor public relations.

"Parliament can't have confidence that an economically devastating outbreak of foot and mouth would be properly managed, if this sort of debacle is any example. We must sort out this mess to ensure New Zealand's biosecurity systems function properly.

"Sir Geoffrey Palmer's proposition that the aerial spraying may breach the Bill of Rights and the Health Act has huge implications for responding to future biosecurity breaches.

"If the use of sprays to control unwanted pests is to be classified as medical or scientific experimentation requiring every person's consent, this legal missile has the potential to strangle our biosecurity systems and increase the risk for our primary based industries.

"A select committee inquiry would not only get to the bottom of the painted apple moth mess, but would also enable the law to be reviewed to ensure the right balance between the protection of public health and the maintenance of our biosecurity."

Dr Smith says National would be placing the issue on the agenda of the Environment and Local Government Select Committee and the Primary Production Selection Committee, and that it favours a joint committee inquiry.

© 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