Parliament

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

 

Luxton Queries US Agricultural Policy

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE USE
9 SEPTEMBER 1999

LUXTON QUERIES US AGRICULTURAL POLICY

Food and Fibre Minister John Luxton today met with the US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mr Richard Rominger for discussions with respect to both countries agricultural sectors.

Mr Luxton criticised the recent US safeguard action which sought to protect the small US lamb industry with a 9% tariff placed on Australian and New Zealand imports into the United States. "This policy is inconsistent with the principles of APEC in promoting free trade in the APEC region," Mr Luxton said.

"I also expressed concern about high tariffs and export subsidies for the US dairy industry which protected less efficient US farmers from competition by New Zealand's internationally competitive agricultural sector."

"I was pleased to receive assurances that the US were determined to ensure that agriculture was on the WTO agenda later this year and I hope that the US will look more favourably on its import restrictions for countries such as New Zealand that have a subsidy free agricultural sector. It is important that the US provides leadership in this vital area of trade liberalisation."

Mr Rominger will be looking at some of New Zealand's agricultural sector during his visit.

"I hope that he will go away with a better understanding of how New Zealand farmers are able to compete internationally without subsidies because of advanced farm technology and very high farmer skill levels."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election