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


Public funding of GE ads "Unacceptable"

Public funding of GE ads "Unacceptable"

PRESS RELEASE- 25 July 2002

GE Free New Zealand (In Food And Environment) Inc.

Hodgeson's Backing for Public Subsidy of Biotech Industry PR 'Totally Unacceptable'.

It is totally unacceptable for Science Minister Pete Hodgeson to justify public money being used to help fund the Life Science Network's campaign promoting GE release advertised in national papers on Wednesday 24th July. An inquiry into public funding of the campaign should be held, and those involved brought to account.

GE-Free NZ (in food and environment) is alarmed at the undermining of independent and public-interest science as a result of the convergence of government policy with the private interests of companies investing in genetic engineering - including Crown Research Institutes.

'The drive for profits required from publicly-funded research is compromising good science, as these advertisements reveal," says Jon Carapiet, a spokesperson for GE-Free NZ (in food and environment). "The government's biotechnology strategy is a shambles because they prefer to get into bed with big-business and overseas speculators rather than pursue a direction for gene technology that fits with the values shared by communities in New Zealand," he says.

Mr Carapiet warns that this kind of public financing for private-interest lobbying is a symptom of a wider failure to prioritise the national interest over the pursuit of privatised profits. In an interview on National Radio, Mr. Hodgeson defended the funding, and claimed the money was well spent because the ads. contributed to the GM debate.

"It is outrageous for Pete Hodgeson to legitimate use of public funds for this propaganda by claiming the advertising brings facts and information to the debate. The advertising clearly does not do that. There are few facts that can actually be described as such, and the so-called information is clearly politically motivated. Public funding for this kind of political campaigning during an election period is just wrong," says Mr Carapiet.

GE-Free NZ ( in food and environment) believes a investigation is needed into financial links between corporate investors and publicly-funded research organisations to ensure the public interest is not subverted.

" This investigation could be part of the inquiry into the recent corn- contamination issue which clearly needs further study. This advertising just adds to concerns about the influence of companies like Novartis, and PR companies on government regulation of GM" says Mr. Carapiet.


Media contact- Jon Carapiet- 09 815 3770

GE Free New Zealand (In Food And Environment) Inc. PO Box 693, Nelson gefree@ts.co.nz www.gefree.org.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels