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


Promises not worth the paper they're printed on

15 July 2005

Promises not worth the paper they're printed on

Apple growers should be wary of signed pledges, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.

Mr Sutton scoffed at the National Party's signing a pledge to take Australia to the World Trade Organisation's dispute panel if it wins the election as "just a stunt".

"Apple growers should remember that the last such contract Lockwood Smith signed was in 1990, promising tertiary students he would abolish tertiary student tuition fees. He failed to honour that one too."

Mr Sutton said there was no need to take a dispute case against Australia refusing to accept New Zealand apples because of the fireblight bacteria at the moment, as the WTO had already ruled comprehensively on the issue in a case between Japan and the United States.

"Our filing a case with the WTO sanitary and phytosanitary committee puts international pressure on Australia to apply that ruling in our situation as well.

"The National Party complaint that New Zealand has not joined the European Union challenge to the whole structure of Australia's SPS system is another example of Dr Smith opening his mouth before he engages his brains. The case, if successful, would demolish New Zealand's biosecurity defences along with Australia's. They are very similar systems, and there are plenty of countries who get frustrated at the time it takes us to develop quarantine protocols for their products as well."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election