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Clark Reneges On Century Long Security Arrangement

Helen Clark today refused to endorse a fundamental and long-standing security arrangement between Australia and New Zealand, throwing our defence relations with that country up in the air, says Wayne Mapp National's spokesperson on Defence.

"Just one day into her first visit to Australia, Miss Clark has refused to support a fundamental security policy that has stood between our countries for over a century.

"She refused to say whether New Zealand still viewed a security threat to Australia as a threat to this country.

"This comes on the very day that Ministry of Defence Head Graham Fortune said in the Defence Select Committee that if Australia was attacked, New Zealand would come to its aid, viewing it as an attack on our own country.

"Does this mean Miss Clark is proposing we divorce Australia over defence relations? Is she seriously proposing that we ignore threats to our closest neighbour just four hours away?

"If so how is she going to boost our defence forces so we can defend ourselves by ourselves without the help of our fellow ANZACs?

"Or is she just wobbly on defence and has made a big gaff on her first overseas visit?

"For the sake of our relationship with Australia, and the peace of mind of all New Zealanders she must clarify how she sees our security relationship with our closest friend and neighbour," says Dr Mapp.

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