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Biosecurity requires prioritisation and pragmatism

9 December 2005

Biosecurity requires prioritisation and pragmatism

Priorities and pragmatism were the theme of Jim Anderton's speech to the Canterbury branch meeting of the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute, in Christhchurch today.

"A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to make my first public comments as the minister of biosecurity to the biosecurity summit," Jim Anderton said.

"On that day I stressed two principle themes in my approach to this sector.

"First, the government is committed to working in partnership with everyone who has a stake in protecting and enhancing New Zealand's natural advantage.

"Second, we need to be pragmatic in our approach to biosecurity.

"That means our resources should be directed to their highest priority uses.

"This government has significantly increased its commitment to biosecurity. But the lurking threats are ever-present," Jim Anderton said.

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