Well, I have to tell you that my commenter was right. The Greens don't want to ban everything, just this lot:
- Californian grape imports
- alcohol ads
- TV ads for kids
- ads on TVNZ
- growth hormones
- native wood chip exports
- native logging
- pig swill
- xenotransplantion trials
- field trials for GE
- chemical trespass
- property rights from the Bill of Rights
- quick-fire logging
- fishing for toothfish
- 'toxic timber'
- bottom trawling
- feeding animal remains to farm animals
- battery cages
- CCA-treated timber in playgrounds
- direct to consumer advertising of drugs
- "the screening of programmes which sensationalise violence or use violence"
- "the routine feeding of antibiotics to healthy animals"
- GE maize
- commercial releases of genetically engineered crops
- "nuclear shipments from New Zealand?s exclusive economic zone"
- sow crates
- the dry sow stall
- "weapons of mass destruction"
- nuclear powered vessels in our waters
- beef imports from Britain to other European countries
- "Japanese fishing boats from New Zealand waters"
- "the importation of all timber and timber products not certified as sustainable"
- open cast mining
- gold mining
- human cloning
- food irradiation
- spray drift
- all ships carrying nuclear weapons, wastes and fuel from the EEZ
- "backyard burning of rubbish such as plastics and treated timber"
- "smoking in all workplaces including bars, restaurants and offices"
- "new uses of coal for energy"
- "factory farming"
- "project-based approvals for the development of GE organisms"
- "all further building of prisons"
- free trade with China
- junk food advertising to children
- "the sale and long-term lease of New Zealand property to foreign investors"
- "the sale of toy tobacco products to under 18s"
- GM wheat
- "environmentally destructive fishing methods"
- "uranium shipments"
- "the use of the antibiotic avoparcin in animal feed"
- "imports of cars older than 7 years"
- amalgam use in dentistry
- the incineration of unsorted waste
- "risky anti-depressants"
- "import of tissue for sheep cloning"
- 'trade in hazardous wastes"
- "'super baby' selection"
- shopping bags
- live sheep exports
- dihydrogen monoxide
My commenter continues that the Greens don't wish to have things banned. Instead: "I think we will find that ... the Greens want only to discourage their use [sic], say through additional taxes or education campaigns, or minimum standards or suchlike."
Well, let's do a rough check on the Greens's website. It's a fairly unscientific study (which is too be fair like much of the Greens's own literature), but a quick check shows that the word 'ban' appears 165 times -- in fact, that's how I made up my list above -- the phrase 'additional taxes' appears not at all, but 'eco taxes' shows up 16 times; 'minimum standards' 7; and 'educational campaigns' brings up the rear with only 6 appearances.
So it looks like my commenter was absolutely right, for which I guess I can only apologise.
UPDATE: I've added to the list, 'Ads on TVNZ,' since Sue B. Kedgley has come out this morning against these. It's just so hard to keep up with her Ban List!
LINKS: Green Party website: Search for 'ban'
Green Party website: Search for 'eco taxes'
Green Party website: Search for 'minimum standards'
Green Party website: Search for 'education campaigns'