Following on from last weeks amazing episode, Q+A had a fascinating piece on the horror that is the Food Safety Ministerial Forum and its role in allowing Australian Food Industry to keep NZ enslaved.
The only problem was that no one on the panel was even aware of the Australian Food Industry’s power or what the FSMF even was.
I bumped into them back in the early 2000s when I was hosting Stake Out on TV3 when I was investigating why animal welfare standards were so weak. The FSANZ was a selling out of NZs food sovereignty to Australian Food Industry interests back in 1991. It effectively privatised our food safety standards out to the Australians so that their massive food industry was able to dictate conditions and regulation onto the NZ food industry. There are 10 votes, the Australians have 9, we have 1. Our interests are secondary to Australia’s food industry.
This dynamic of why Palm Oil classifications are so difficult to get onto packaging wasn’t explored by Q+A.
Q+A then moved onto another excellent insight into how our work and student visa’s are being exploited by unscrupulous Indian providers. This highlights how the education industry are corrupt and abusing their position by selling residency under the guise of education and it highlights the manner in which the 220 000 work and student visa scam are creating the housing crisis and pushing labour costs down.
The Nation had a very weak interview with Gerry Brownlee that allowed him off the hook regarding our SAS in Northern Iraq. Why didn’t Lisa have Jon Stephenson on the interview to provide actual; balance rather than a propaganda platform for the Minister.
Pretty Sad and pathetic.
The Nation then tried to look at the importance of the Maori Seats and did a pretty yawning job of it.
Here is my analysis of the Maori seats here.
Q+A was excellent, The Nation made you wonder how they get so much money from NZ on Air.