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Trans-Tasman TGA Process A Mess Says NZ First

10 February 2005

Trans-Tasman TGA Process A Mess Says NZ First

New Zealand First health spokesperson Barbara Stewart says the Australian Government’s agreement to delay the implementation of a proposed Joint Therapeutic Goods Agency highlights the Health Minister’s incompetent handling of this issue.

“What other nation would sign an international Treaty without the numbers to pass the accompanying legislation through parliament?” she asked today

“This is not only embarrassing internationally, but more importantly highlights the duplicitous process the Government undertook over this issue by ignoring a select committee inquiry into the proposed agency and the ground swell of public opinion opposed to the idea.

“The Australians should have been told that, after considering the issue, there is not sufficient support for it to be enacted: end of story.

“Instead we have the embarrassing situation which sees all other parties, except the Government, opposing a scheme and huge uncertainty within the affected industries as to what is going to happen.

“It also leaves unanswered the over-arching question of a lack of quality control within New Zealand industries.

“This process is a mess and the Treaty should never have been signed. It’s time the Minister was held accountable for her hasty and ill-conceived decision,” said Mrs Stewart.

ENDS


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