Tagged: Green Party

Food and genetic modification: better informed policy and legislation wanted - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 16, 2015

Below is a lightly-edited copy of an op-ed related to the Food Matters Aotearoa event at Te Papa this weekend. As it’s not being used by the newspaper, I’ve put it here. I’ve added a few thoughts about Steffan Browning’s press release at the end. —–=+=—– Op-ed draft Policy needs to … Read More

Scholarly outliers - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 15, 2015

A plucky group of scientific outsiders, presenting results outside of the mainstream consensus, hosts its own conference with presentations mostly from those in their heterodox club. They present themselves as providing the truth that is much opposed by big moneyed interests. They're celebrated in a reception hosted in Parliament by one of the political parties. The media is expected to … Read More

Supporting homeopathy for Ebola loses natural health brief but more needed - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2014

In a step in the right direction for evidence-based policy, Green Party member of parliament Steffan Browning has been stripped of his natural health portfolio by his party’s caucus but more is needed. As I related in my previous piece, his is not a idle blunder but an example of his thinking. This line of … Read More

Naturopathy vs Science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 03, 2014

Today Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper ran a piece of (in my opinion..) misleading propaganda they passed of as a cartoon which can be summed up as naturopathy vs science. I assume it is in response to the bad press that homeopathy received last week after Green Party MP Steffan Browning signed a petition calling for … Read More

New Zealand political spokesperson for GE and more endorses homeopathy for Ebola - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 31, 2014

(Opinion on one of stupider things I’ve seen endorsed by a politician in a while and it’s relation to other science-based policy, including genetic engineering.) Green Party MP Steffan Browning has been widely reported as endorsing a petition to apply homeopathy to Ebola. To be frank this is an idea of rank stupidity. Read More

Where do we go but nowhere? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 26, 2014

New Zealand’s general election is over. The National Party has won itself another three years in government. With a probable overall majority and the support of three fringe MPs, prime minister John Key and his cabinet will be able to do more or less what they like. Given the government’s performance on climate matters over […] … Read More

Green Party Health Policy - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Sep 02, 2014

There was a thread recently in one of the Facebook groups I’m a member of in which, among other election-related things, the Green Party’s Health Policy was being discussed. It was mentioned that the Green Party had been essentially pro-CAM, at least in the past. As I’d been considering voting for the Greens, this was […] … Read More

When Hooton’s away, a Crampton will play - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 27, 2014

I filled in for Matthew Hooton in the NBR's Opening Salvo this week. It's only in the print edition; here's a taste. [Update: here for subscribers]We can count the costs of apartment stories left unbuilt. In a well-functioning market, developers will build upwards until the cost of an additional storey roughly equals the extra revenue the developer gets from … Read More

Real decline? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 26, 2014

Nolan rightly hits on a bit of chicanery in reporting on BERL's policy costings for the Greens:Investing to maintain real spendingThis one is genuinely disappointing as it seems to be an almost explicit misinterpretation of Budget forecast figures.The numbers for claiming falling real expenditure come straight from the Treasury forecasts here, but are then deflated.  This sounds good on … Read More

World Science Week: Where are we in the world? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 26, 2014

It’s World Science Week.  So, where are we in the science world?  One measure showing our commitment to science is our expenditure on R&D.  If we compare ourselves to the other OECD countries, we see that we are right at the bottom of the pile at 1.27% of GDP and have recently been overtaken by Hungary. … Continue reading → … Read More