Parents are entitled to be fully informed of the risks and benefits of the meningococcal vaccination, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.
"The Government should not be sanitising the information it gives parents. This is an issue of informed consent, not the safety of the vaccine," says Mr Ryall.
"The Ministry of Health and the Minister have now admitted there have been significant adverse events associated with the MeNZB programme, after steadfastly saying there weren't any."
Mr Hodgson said in answer to a parliamentary question yesterday: 'I agree that there is no evidence of any significant adverse health event associated with the MeNZB vaccine'. (WQ 14439)
Four days earlier the Ministry of Health issued a lengthy rebuttal of a Norwegian documentary on the vaccine, assuring there was 'no evidence of any significant adverse health event associated with the vaccine'.*
"Now their position is that significant adverse events have happened but there are not enough to worry about. Both the Ministry and Pete Hodgson have admitted this.
"Why didn't the Ministry and the Minister tell parents that in the first place? Is there anything else they're hiding?
"We know that 60 seizures have been reported and six children reported developing the serious blood disorder which an ACC haematologist has accepted is a result of the vaccination.
"This is an issue of informed consent, not the safety or otherwise of the vaccine.
"Parents rely on the assurances of the Ministry of Health. When we find that the authorities are sanitising the information they give us, that is when suspicion and mistrust will affect the vaccination programme.
"Health officials need to know that the next National-led Government will expect openness and respect for parents' decision-making," says Mr Ryall.
Blair Mulholland's online petition urging the Governor-General not to give Royal Assent to the dodgy cover-up law has become the number one petition on what's believed to be the world's largest online petition site, http://www.petitiononline.com
Robert Cox: When will the right recognize the cost of conceding Web 2.0?
Robert Cox, The Examiner
Oct 12, 2006 5:00 AM (18 hrs ago)
If you doubt the Internet is causing a sea change in politics, just ask "independent" Senate candidate Joe Lieberman, who came out on the wrong end of a blogger-fueled campaign for the Democratic nomination in Connecticut.
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National has gone on the attack over the failure by Police Headquarters to ratify a prosecution of Labour over the Pledge Card overspend.
After studying the police documents on the case, and given Pete Hodgson's admission that "of course" the card was electioneering, National leader Don Brash is accusing the police of failing to do their public duty in a stinging letter to Police Commissioner Howard Broad...
David Farrar over at Kiwiblog has cunningly caught Peters out (with a little help from Newstalk ZB) over the NZ First leader's claim that Brash is evil for suggesting there are few full-blooded Maori left and that a line needs to be drawn.
Here is part of a speech Winston Peters gave back in 2000:
"We say it is time for them to go. We must end a dual electoral system in which the only qualification to vote is based on RACE - in some cases as diluted as one part in five hundred and twelve.
"Under the Electoral Act, anybody of Maori descent or claims to be a Maori can apply for registration on the Maori Roll.
"(Maori can also apply to go on the General Roll and in fact over half of them are on it!) "In 1993 there were four Maori seats - in 1999 there were six.
"It has been estimated that over the next forty years or so, up to thirty per cent of the population will have some Maori blood - in many cases only a few drops.
"What is to be feared is the prospect of demands for 30 or 40 Maori seats.
"That would be plainly ridiculous.
"And it is just as ridiculous to look at some of these benefactors of Treaty claims who are of mixed descent. Ask yourself, if a claimant is one eighth Maori, does he or she get one eighth of the amount they would have received from the claim if they had been of full Maori blood?
"Or does the seven eighths European part of that person pay? What is to stop a very wealthy person, say with less than one per cent Maori blood, benefiting from a Treaty claim. Does the other ninety nine per cent pay? The mind boggles.
"In New Zealand we have been caught in a time warp, obsessed with the past, we neglect our present and our future and Maori and New Zealand is paying an enormous price for this failure.
"Hence forth economic and social policy must be based on need not race."
Another scandal from Labour - can we trust ANYONE in that administration to tell the truth?
This just in:
John Carter MP National Party Civil Defence Spokesman
02 October 2006
Thanks for the spin - but why two stories?
National Party Civil Defence spokesman John Carter says Rick Barker's completely failed to give any explanation about the contradictory comments made after Exercise Pacific Wave in May.
"Stop your waffle and answer the question Mr Barker. Why did your department say Exercise Pacific Wave was a roaring success in May, yet official documents catalogue a range of serious issues with the handling of that exercise?"
Mr Carter suspects the Minister has been trying to put some distance between the appalling handling of the tsunami false alarm, and the bad news from Exercise Pacific Wave.
"The Minister knows like I do, that back in May anything other than a success story from the exercise would have compounded the embarrassment caused by the botched handling of the tsunami false alarm days earlier.
"The Minister still needs to explain why his department said the 'exercise shows that New Zealand can be confident that the arrangements in place are robust and our procedures worked well 'in May, while official papers say response times may have been lengthened, the public were given 'mixed messages', and staff shortages posed an 'unacceptably high' risk.