While the government is ditching dopey legislation they should look at this bill

The government is busily ditching dopey or contentious legislation at the moment ahead of election year.

Richard Harman reports in his email this morning and highlights in a post:

The Government is plainly now clearing the political decks of anything that smacks of controversy with the next election expected to be in almost exactly 12 months. Key yesterday foreshadowed what looks like yet another backdown.

If this is true then I wonder how long the Natural Health Products Bill has got to live.

A reader emails about one particular dopey provision in the bill.

I am completely against this nanny-state bill that NO ONE has asked for and a waste of money/time/resources — and find it disturbing that the govt plans to regulate “natural products” especially since they cannot DEFINE what a natural product is.

Please see attached — it is the latest update – I have highlighted where it states “we cannot define a natural product until after the bill is passed” which is interesting.

How the heck do you pass a bill if you cannot define what you are attempting to regulate? This whole thing is utter nonsense….  


And it looks like our correspondent is dead right. The government has had this law on the books for over 10 years and not progressed it. It is sitting there on the order paper and has dopey provisions in it like that highlighted above. They are trying to pass a law defining what a Natural Health Product is but no one can define such products until the law is passed. This is sloppy, embarrassing and just another reason why this bill should be dropped.

The bill as it stands will cost hundreds of jobs in New Zealand and place burdensome labelling and testing requirements on small providers. It is being pushed by the big players in the market, the multi-nationals and offshore interests. Labour tried to push this through before, National kept it on the books, and now it is set to raise its head during election year.

The problem is that I don’t think the government has the numbers to pass this bill anymore. If Labour are serious about embarrassing the government over dopey legislation they should pull support for this bill.


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