Marian Hobbs' announcement of the
Government's biosecurity package seems to be a continuation
of Labour Party rhetoric, and does nothing to improve New
Zealand's biosecurity, National Biosecurity spokesperson
David Carter said today.
David Carter was commenting on
the $2.75 million package of biosecurity initiatives
announced by the Minister for Biosecurity this afternoon.
The money comes from funds set aside in this years'
"It is interesting to note that all this package
does is implement a further series of investigations and
reviews. This Government appears to be addicted to reviews,
and has acquired another fix with today's package.
package does not achieve any sound policies for tightening
New Zealand's biosecurity.
"The host of recent biosecurity
breaches would indicate that New Zealand's biosecurity
requires urgent attention, not another talkfest
months in the job I would have expected Marian Hobbs to have
something more concrete," David Carter said.
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