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

 


Microchipping spotlight shifts to the Greens

Media statement
For immediate release
Friday, 16 June 2006

Microchipping spotlight shifts to the Greens

An exemption for working farm dogs from the microchipping regime, which kicks in on 1 July, is now dependent on the Greens, according to United Future's agriculture spokesperson, Gordon Copeland.

This follows the defeat in Parliament (by a vote of 61 to 60) of an attempt by the Greens, with the support of National, to overturn the microchipping regime in its entirety.

"United Future voted to retain the microchipping regime but I will seek an amendment to the Bill next week to exempt working farm dogs," said Mr Copeland.

"I have received a formal response from the Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Associate Minister of Local Government, to say that the Government will not support an amendment to exempt working farm dogs.

"Likewise NZ First have, informally, communicated their continuing opposition to such an exemption.

"Since National, the Maori Party, United Future and Act look likely to support efforts to exempt working farm dogs (David Carter of National will also move a similar amendment) the balance of power on this issue now lies with the Greens.

"United Future believes that a strong case exists to exempt working farm dogs and we have put that case to the Greens for further consideration.

"This includes making it clear that farmers will be encouraged to microchip in the dog's own interest and I believe many farmers will quickly catch on to that and act accordingly.

"Many farmers are now microchipping their stock and if a couple of non-microchipped working farm dogs get put down because they have lost their collar, then I suspect that farmers will quickly choose the voluntary microchipping option which my amendment will offer to them.

"At the end of the day, the removal of the compulsion contained in the present Act may, paradoxically, be the key to seeing working farm dogs microchipped.

"Meantime, a little gentle lobbying by farmers of the Green party might help," said Mr Copeland.

ENDS

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news