Keep biosecurity focussed, separate
Labour strongly endorses the
view of the Forest Owners Association chief executive Sir
Ron Carter that New Zealand airports should continue to have
separate biosecurity checks.
spokesperson Pete Hodgson said that amalgamating biosecurity
checks with customs and immigration services would put all
primary production, including forestry, at unnecessary
Biosecurity is arguably the most important security
issue New Zealand faces. Labour will not amalgamate
services for the convenience of the airline industry.
Biosecurity is a specialist service requiring specialist
staff. It needs to remain focussed, and not be blurred by
visa checks and searches for
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Commerce Commission: Retail Fuel "Not As Competitive As It Could Be"
The Commission has outlined some options it considers could improve competition. There are two broad sets of options it thinks may have the potential to help create a competitive wholesale market. These are:
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