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

 


Labour Commits Economic Sabotage With GE


Labour Commits Economic Sabotage With GE

Despite the Labour Government's determination to commit economic sabotage with GE, the Green Party is equally determined to keep New Zealand GE-free, Green Party Co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald said today.

"Labour has seriously miscalculated the international situation, the economic risks and the depth of public feeling on this issue. Labour and United must now take responsibility for what they have done. They will be held accountable for any damage to our health, our soils, our environment, our economy, our export brand.

"They have set up ERMA (the Environmental Risk Management Authority) to take the rap if things go wrong - to get GE off the political agenda. It won't work. They are ultimately responsible."

Despite the GE moratorium expiring at midnight tonight, New Zealand is still a GE-free country, Ms Fitzsimons said. The Green Party will be working with the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders who want to keep it that way.

"While the moratorium was the best way to protect New Zealand's GE free status, it is not the only protection. The next phase of the campaign starts today." The Green Party will:

* Watch for the first application for GE release, make it very public and bring the best research and science to the hearings to oppose it.

* Monitor the GE regulator ERMA's performance, pointing out its defects and continuing to call for it to be strengthened.

* Publicise the latest effects of GE overseas and the latest research findings.

* Campaign for proper labelling and traceability of GE foods in New Zealand.

The Greens today celebrate their successes on GE. "We have had a moratorium on GE release for four years since petitioning for one in 1999, when Monsanto was within a day or two of applying for canola release here," Ms Fitzsimons said.

"It is now very unlikely that GE canola crops will be approved here, as the past four years' experience in North America has shown how impossible it is to contain canola pollen and seed. That's a huge win.

"Opposing GE was a minority issue when we started in 1998; it is now mainstream - with majority support. Support is building all the time, and it won't go away. GE will be an election issue, and we will use all our influence to protect New Zealand from this dangerous technology."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news