AUS – WA LABOR RECONSIDERING GM POSITION
Source: ABC Rural. 29 June 2016
The Labor Party in Western Australia is reconsidering its long-held policy position to transition WA out of genetically modified (GM) crops if it wins power at the state election in March.
In a major backflip, Labor’s Shadow Agriculture Minister Mick Murray said it was time for the party to be practical about the future of GM technology in WA, and look at ways for GM and non-GM crops to co-exist, rather than becoming GM-free.
“We have a policy position as anti-GM. We understand now that with GM canola already out there, you just can’t turn the switch off,” Mr Murray said.
The comments follow Tuesday’s passage of the GM Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill through the upper house of State Parliament.
The bill now has to make its way through the lower house, which should occur when Parliament resumes after the winter break.
According to both sides of government, the passage of the bill now seems a fait accompli….