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


No incentive to stop another incident

No incentive to stop another incident

If the Labour Government does not seek compensation from the patent owner of the GE maize that has contaminated 13,550 tonnes of the crop there is no incentive for those companies to be more careful in future, Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

MAF yesterday announced that it is investigating a GE-positive test result of maize destined for our food chain.

"If MAF's test confirm that there has been contamination then I believe the owner of the patent for the GE variety should at least be held liable for the costs of the grain merchant, the end user and MAF," she says.

In response to questions from the Green Party in the House today Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said the Company that owned the patent for the GE maize that contaminated the crop would not be held liable for any damages, Ms Fitzsimons says.

"This provides no incentive for these companies to be more careful in future. These accidental releases are damaging to the reputation of our farmers and risk destroying the GE-Free status that New Zealanders have fought so hard to protect," she says.

"Once the GE genie is out of the bottle it is virtually impossible to put it back in."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news