Supplementary Order Paper No 192

No 192

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Biosecurity and Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Legislation Amendment Bill


Proposed amendment

Hon Tariana Turia, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Part 2

Clause 10

To omit subclause (2) (line 34 on page 5 to line 3 on page 6) and substitute the following subclause:

  • (2) Section 2(1) is amended by inserting the following definitions in their appropriate alphabetical order:

    department has the same meaning as in section 2 of the State Sector Act 1988

    incidentally imported new organism means a new organism that is imported in or on goods, but is not ––

    • (a) an essential or constituent part of those goods:

    • (b) imported in or on goods with the intention of concealing the presence of the new organism:

    • (c) a genetically modified organism:

    • (d) an organism which had, prior to the date on which this Act received the Royal assent, been determined, pursuant to a notice in the Gazette issued under section 26 of this Act, to be a new organism.


Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Biosecurity and Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Legislation Amendment Bill to ensure that the import decisions for any organism which the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has gazetted as a new organism under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act), will be appropriately determined by ERMA under the HSNO Act.

This is consistent with the Court of Appeal decision in National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand v Chief Executive of MAF which determined that the gazetted new organism P.alvei is to first gain approval for import into New Zealand under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 before bee products from Australia can be imported.