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

 

ERMA failing the public by sidelining ethics

GE Free New Zealand (in Food and Environment) Press Release 13.8.02
ERMA failing the public by sidelining ethical and economic issues

ERMA hearings into AgResearch's plans for animal experimentation incorporating a range of other species' genes into cows, have faced legal challenges on their first day, but look set to continue.

The ERMA hearings have already been boycotted by some of those making submissions because of a lack of faith in the ERMA process. On Wednesday GE-Free NZ spokesperson Jon Carapiet will present on behalf of a number of organisations who have challenged the process.

"The failure of the ERMA system to respond to the Royal Commission guidance on ethics means the whole process is flawed," says Mr Carapiet. "Many people who wanted to speak have been excluded from doing so because ERMA has refused to hold regional hearings."

Mr Carapiet will speak to submissions from GE-Free NZ (in food and environment), GE-Free Northland, and Friends of the Earth, as well as his own submission which was one of over 800 submissions pleading with ERMA to reject the application.

Mr Carapiet says the whole process is failing to answer vital questions that need to be answered.

"Why are we doing this at all- when there are alternatives? Who will actually profit financially? Who is carrying the risk? How can the Bio Ethics Council be brought into the loop before it is too late, and if it is already too late, who is responsible for allowing that to happen?"

Ends.

Jon Carapiet is speaking at the hearings after 10 am - he can be contacted on 025 667 5008

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>

 

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels