Parliament

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

 

Inspect all containers or kiss our economy goodbye


Media Statement For immediate release Thursday, 3 April, 2003

Baldock: inspect all containers or kiss our economy goodbye

New Zealand's biosecurity penny-pinching is a false economy that must end if New Zealand wants to have any economy left at all, United Future's Larry Baldock said today.

"It seems these days every creepy-crawly known to man is reaching our shores, and in large measure that is because we won't spend enough on keeping these things out," Mr Baldock, United Future's biosecurity spokesman, said in the wake of yesterday's Asian gypsy moth discovery in Hamilton.

"We have this Government saying it has spent an extra $20 million since the last election on biosecurity.

"Well if the results are crazy ants, gypsy moths and whatever else might be slipping through, the Government needs to know that this simply isn't enough.

"What price our economy? What will it cost this nation if it loses crop exports; if whole industries are wiped out?

"Well, I tell you this: it will cost us a huge amount more than the extra $90 million it would cost to check every container that comes to our shores ... that figure will pale into insignificance beside the losses we stand to bear as a nation if we don't get serious about protecting our borders from pests," he said.

Last year MAF inspected just 24 percent of high-risk containers, then randomly selected a further 5 to 10 percent for internal inspection.

Initial checks on some 1500 containers found just five foreign spiders and three insects. A re-check of those containers for the purposes of a survey turned up 124 spiders and 71 insects.

"Surely this tells us we need to get serious about biosecurity and that we're simply not doing enough," Mr Baldock said.

There was also a considerable social and health cost to eradication efforts once pests were here, he said.

"I am sure Hamilton residents would not look forward to any aerial spraying for the gypsy moth such as has been inflicted upon the residents of West Auckland in order to eradicate the painted apple moth."

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election