Reactions to New Zealand Fast Forward

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, March 12th, 2008 - Comments Off on Reactions to New Zealand Fast Forward
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Groups that issued press releases welcoming the Government announcement of the $700 million research and development fund for argiculture (press releases on Scoop):

  • NZ Veterinary Association – Science funding just in the nick of time
  • Science New Zealand – Science New Zealand welcomes science fund announcement
  • Export New Zealand – Export NZ welcomes innovative funding programme
  • Meat And Wool New Zealand – Meat & Wool NZ welcomes Fast Forward initiative
  • Business New Zealand – Research funding partnership congratulated
  • The Royal Society of NZ – Royal Society Welcomes New Zealand Fast Forward
  • Public Service Association – ‘Research Fund’ Must Boost Science Salaries
  • Gordon Copeland – Research fund needed to add value to NZ forestry
  • NZ First – Research and Innovation Cash Welcome
  • Greens – Independent scientists essential for fund

Group that said the money should have gone to them instead:

  • PPTA – Research fund won’t address shortage in sciences

Group opposing the fund:

  • National – R & D fund a ‘gimmick’ says National

Response to National’s bizaare position

‘The National Party should be laughed out of any gathering of people working in the pastoral and food industries in future,’ said Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton. To be fair, National is also the party that thinks the Government makes major changes to international investment law just in the hope that Key will fluff his response.

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