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Election 2011 - Party Policies - Environment - Biosecurity

Election 2011 - Party Policies - Environment - Biosecurity


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  • Improved border screening procedures for high risk goods and people.
  • Provision of an environment that will create an enhanced balance of relevant output from universities, public and private sector science facilities that address matters of biosecurity and fisheries management.
  • Enhanced ability to interdict poachers and unwelcome transits in our EEZ as well as tougher penalties to make it an undesirable option for those that would steal our assets. (more here)

  • Increase funding for implementing biosecurity risk assessments and invasion response measures through levying importers and people arriving at our borders.
  • Require importers to pay the full cost of eradication when negligence or non-compliance has been demonstrated.
  • Require risk assessments for exotic organisms to consider their potential impacts on indigenous species and ecosystems, and urban and rural environments, in addition to those on primary production and human health. (more here)

  • Labour will restore the $2 million of cuts to frontline Biosecurity services made by National in 2009.
  • Labour will ensure that New Zealand’s border protection capability, especially at the frontline, can deal with increasing biosecurity pressures and rising trade and travel volumes.
  • Labour will retain the GIA concept but will revisit cost-sharing arrangements to ensure that smaller industries are not being burdened with unrealistic biosecurity costs.
  • Labour will review the share of biosecurity costs paid by importers to ensure that they are carrying a fair and reasonable share of the burden of incursion response costs.
  • Labour will support the use of aerial 1080 as an effective tool for landscape-scale pest control (especially of possums, rats and stoats), while new and improved alternative tools
    are developed.
  • Labour will support regional (and unitary) councils to ensure that their strategies and programmes to control pests and weeds are up-to-date and effective. (more here)

  • Mana believes the Precautionary Principle should be applied to the introduction of all new technology. This means that if an action or policy might cause harm to people or the environment, those who are taking the action or implementing the policy must prove that it is harmless, unless there is already scientific consensus to this effect. (more here)

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  • Ensure that biosecurity remains a top Government priority. (more here)



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