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


Greens succeed with substantial change to GE bill

Greens succeed with substantial change to GE bill

The Green Party succeeded in making the only substantial change to the New Organisms and Other Matters Bill in Parliament last night.

The GE regulator ERMA, the Environmental Risk Management Authority, will now have to consider the economic costs of any application to release GE into the environment, not just the economic benefits.

"This is an important step forward," Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today.

"It has always been assumed that environmental and health effects from the release of GE organisms might perhaps be negative, but that economic benefits would always be positive. We now know from overseas experience that the economic effects of GE release can be very costly.

"It is important ERMA be explicitly instructed to consider likely damage to the economy when it considers applications. We know that costs to the economy are not the same as the financial effects on the person actually releasing the organisms.

"The Green amendment will ensure a more balanced weighing of the economic impacts of GE release, rather than simply a pro-GE economic analysis," Ms Fitzsimons said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news