The Pork Industry Board is a statutory agency. Yet it seems to assume it is a law unto itself, with powers even greater than the Police or the SIS. Agriculture Minister David Carter is either unable or unwilling to make it accountable. Surely it is time for an inquiry into the Board’s attempts on behalf of rogue farmers to subvert the requirement for piggery owners to maintain humane conditions for their animals.
It was great to see so many people turn out in weekend protests against the Big Brother Search and Surveillance Bill. There were some novel touches. In New Plymouth a ‘surveillance camera’ was set up outside National MP Jonathan Coleman’s office.