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


Labour urges caution on GM plants

2000 web site
Expert advice to the Government to put a hold on any applications for unrestricted release of genetically modified plants is welcome, says Labour's science spokesperson Mark Peck.

The Independent Biotechnology Advisory Council (IBAC) is recommending that any decision about the first release of GM plants should be delayed until IBAC's public consultation is completed - possibly within the next six months.

"IBAC's call for delay is sensible, but Labour still believes a more far-reaching public consultation process is necessary. That's why we would establish a Royal Commission on GM issues.

"While IBAC's consultation process is sound and helpful, Labour wants a public forum with a much higher public profile and participation rate.

Labour's GM discussion paper, released in June, proposed a ban on the commercial release of GM crops until after a Royal Commission reports. Hundreds of respondents have expressed their support for Labour's approach.

"It is good to see wise heads in the scientific community getting through to the Government the message that its hands-off approach won't do with such a sensitive issue as genetic modification. The public don't want this left entirely in the hands of the specialists at the Environmental Risk Management Authority.

"New Zealanders want to be consulted and informed on GM issues. Labour is determined to see they get the maximum opportunity for that."

© 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