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Member since 18 Jul 2008
Member from Porirua
I know theyhave to move the security cabinets as well but $6.7M does seem excessive.
Personally I think in these austere times they should have left it on display in the Archives building.
That's a damning report on the failings of government departments on bio security.
Seems the cut backs in the public service are a case of saving pennies and losing pounds as the cost of lost exports is way bigger than any savings made in running the public service.
The government's response to this is for the ministry to reorganise its resources to focus on economically-significant industries rather than spend the money to improve overall bio security. This could result in nasties getting in and destroying industries that could be future Zespris or Fonterras or could have a knock on effect on existing industries.
The Labour and Green parties have criticised the Government for making biosecurity cutbacks in 2009.
Labour's biosecurity spokesperson Damien O'Connor told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme that biosecurity has become subservient to the Government's trade objectives and the system has been dumbed down.
He is calling for a review, and says claims by Minister for Primary Industries David Carter and others that New Zealand's biosecurity system is world class are a "complete fallacy".
Green Party MP Steffan Browning says the report's recommendations are simply a shuffling around of limited resources.
Member since 22 Oct 2006
Member from Christchurch CBD
Hero42, Biosecurity matters !Damien is doing a great job there rather than David Carter. And now Would National really privatise the Police Force rather than give them a payrise.?
HERO42, Yes, A real lack of National Governments consideration of our PrimaryKiwifruit industries has exposed us to this stupidity.Biosecurity mistakes on TV1 too From China& more .Government fudging.! after 18 months.
Member since 31 Jan 2007
Member from Mosgiel
I see that the Auditor General is looking into the Shane Jones debacle of getting Yan a free ride into New Zealand citizenship and by the T.V. news tonight none other than piddling Dover Samuels has his arm around Yan the man who is wanted all over the world for certain misdemeanours. This is a real Labour Group cop out and I hope that they get the book thrown at them .
This truly is "The Labour Way" of looking after their criminal mates.
Member since 23 Nov 2009
Member from Stratford
Well spotted, Benny. Labour Leader, David Shearer, and Shane Jones referred the matter to Lynn Provost, Auditor General, and hopefully she will be able to get to the bottom of it.
I think it was back in May when Shearer said, "We referred this matter to the Auditor-General because we believe it is important that Shane Jones be given the opportunity to clear his name in the light of claims reported in the media," he said.
"It is also important that New Zealanders are reassured that the correct departmental and ministerial processes were followed in this case.''
Watch and wait, Benny, eventually the truth will be told, whatever it may be.
You could fill in the waiting time wallowing in the several National Party MP scandals if you wanted. Worth, Wong, one or two others... plenty to keep you going.
I see The Police Review of John Banks Multi Thousands donations investigations is weeks away from release although finished.Do you think it has anything to do with the Police Pay Claim negotiations.?
EQC Has changed the rules on Christchurch Homeowners yet again. Have they gone broke.?
The Clerk's Office in Parliament says some trade-offs will be required to maintain the radio and television broadcast of Parliament.
Budget documents reveal the office is under substantial financial pressure and will need to make more than $1 million in savings, representing 8% of its budget, by 2015.
Radio and television broadcasting of Parliament make up more than 10% of the Clerk's Office's budget.
Bout time they cancelled The Speaker and his Wife and other chosen Parliamentarians trip to Europe then.? and go back to Gingernuts instead of Tim Tams for morning tea.
I wonder why the Labour Club hasn't said anything about the Great Idea that our Minister of Health Tony Ryall is purporting to introduce into Parliament . The bill will make sure all new born babies will automatically be registered to a General Practitioner when the baby's name is registered.
It must have been a good move unless the Labour Head office hasn't yet told them what to complain about. I am waiting with interest to hear what anti comments you Labourites have.
Member since 04 Oct 2007
Member from Te Awamutu
I presume it will be the same GP as the Mother. They may be lucky as here we have two med clinics and new comers to the area cant register at either...I had to take my sister who was staying with me to Otorohanga (about 25 kms) when she was staying with me as she wasnt registered here.
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