Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Anti-GMO advocates should have special status


Anti-GMO advocates should have special status at Royal Commission

“The New Zealand Life Sciences Network (Inc) is concerned that anti-GMO organisations like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth may have difficulty in establishing they have an interest greater than that of the general public when it comes to applications for “Persons entitled to be heard” status at the Royal Commission,” Network Chairman, Dr William Rolleston said today.

“It is true these organisations constantly claim they are representing the views of the public, and consumers, and therefore it might be said they don’t have any views which are greater than those of the public.”

“However, these multi-national organisations have been waging an international campaign against genetic modification and should therefore be given the opportunity to put forward the evidence which they claim supports their assertions about the dangers of genetic technology and the way it is being developed.

“We think these assertions need to be tested and unless Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth call witnesses who can be cross-examined none of us, including the Royal Commission, will be any the wiser.”

“We do ask the Green Party, because it is represented in Parliament, to consider whether or not having special status at the Royal Commission will create a conflict of interest. After all, the Royal Commission will report to the Government, which will take any proposed legislative changes to Parliament.

“The Green Party will be one of the parties in Parliament that will have to consider what to do with legislation based on the Report of the Royal Commission and its recommendations. The Green Party may end up putting itself in the role of being Judge in a case it has declared it has a special interest in.

“One way to resolve the potential conflict may be for the Green Party to decide it will make written submissions on the same basis as members of the general public. Alternatively, it could decide it won’t participate in the debate or decision making process in Parliament.”

For further information, contact:

Dr William Rolleston Francis Wevers

Interim Chairman Executive Director

Phone 03 612 6688 Phone 04 916 0100

Mobile 025 2460634 Mobile 021 916010

Date: Sunday, 6 August 2000


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hope For Nature: A New Deal For The Commons

Joseph Cederwall on The Dig: The current global paradigm is devastating life everywhere by disrupting vital “ecosystem services” like the food, water, and climate regulation systems that both humanity and biodiversity depend on in an interconnected balance.

It is increasingly clear that the primary driver of this crisis is the limiting and infectious worldview around land and resource use so central to the global capitalist system. To fully understand the biodiversity crisis and explore what comes next, it is necessary to address this mind-virus at the heart of our modern civilisation – the dominion worldview. More>>

 
 

SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

'Culturally Arranged Visitors Visa': Fix For Marriage Visa Issue

Earlier this year Immigration New Zealand issued guidance to front line Immigration staff that made it significantly harder for people to get visas to visit their partner. That guidance no longer applies with today’s announcement. More>>

ALSO:

Conflict Of Interest For Key Member: Budget Data Breach Investigation Shut Down

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More>>

RNZ Report: Mysterious Foundation Loaning NZ First Money

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More>>

Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission Established

“We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, even with rights of appeals, and there needs to be a chance for the innocent on the right grounds to seek a final review of their case...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Sustainable NZ Isn't Self-Sustaining

Asking whether this new, environmentally focussed party can make the 5% MMP threshold may be the wrong question, though. It's more achievable goal would be to knock the Greens below the 5% threshold ... More>>

ALSO:

Report On Consultation: Future Of Tomorrow's Schools

“The 1989 Tomorrow’s Schools reform introduced one of world’s most devolved schooling systems where each school operates largely in isolation of each other... It empowered local communities and modernised an overly bureaucratic system but also led over time to uneven outcomes between schools.” More>>

ALSO:

National Education Doc:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels