Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Clark naïve to deny threat to NZ

Helen Clark is defying the lessons of history and logic if she believes New Zealand never has and never will face any security threats, Opposition Defence Spokesperson Wayne Mapp said today.

“It has been clear for some time that Labour wants to take New Zealand down the path of isolationism, and today’s statement is another step down that direction.

“She said, and I quote: ‘…from the point of view of our own security right here in New Zealand there is no threat, will never be a threat. I say that quite bluntly.’

“Is she saying that New Zealand peacekeepers in conflicts such as East Timor face no threats?

“Is she saying that our region faces no threats to security or trade routes?

“Is she predicting that there will never be a threat to our economic zone with its huge fisheries and potentially vast mineral resources?

“Surely Helen Clark cannot be so naïve to believe New Zealand is only threatened if its shores are invaded. She appears to believe New Zealand should be an island to itself, totally cut off from the region and its trends.

“No wonder she seems prepared to have a radically downgraded defence force of little use in the ANZAC partnership.

“Piece by piece, Helen Clark seems to want to engineer a quite radical shift in our security relationships.

“It is time she fronted up and told New Zealanders what she is trying to do,” Dr Mapp said.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Live Updates: SkyCity Fire Brings Auckland CBD To A Halt

The fire at Auckland's SkyCity international convention centre has been raging for more than a day resulting in nearby offices being shut, roads closed and health warnings being issued...

• The fire broke on the roof of the SkyCity international convention centre just after 1pm Tuesday.

• Fire and Emergency manager Ron Devlin says the plan is to "sacrifice the roof". Once materials from the roof have fallen in, crews can go into the fifth floor and put the fire out, he says. Photo: RNZ / Danielle Street More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Simon Bridges And Political Correctness

Having failed all year at being a credible alternative Prime Minister, National leader Simon Bridges has lowered his aspirational target this week to something more within his range. More>>

Bullying: Police Commissioner Announces Review

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today announced an independent review of the systems and processes NZ Police has in place to address complaints of bullying. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cab: Now We Are Two

Questions covered Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters' comments on the potential closure of Mediaworks' television channels, the Auckland light rail planning process, the select committee report on the Zero Carbon Bill and its methane target range... More>>

Court Issues New Guildines: Revamp Of Meth Sentencing Welcomed

The court accepted submissions by both the New Zealand Bar Association and the New Zealand Law Society that rather than solely focusing on the quantity of meth involved, there should be greater focus on the role of the offender. More>>

ALSO:

'Armed Response Teams': Armed Police "Will Cause American-Style Shootings"

The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More>>

ALSO:

Control Orders: Amnesty Says Don't Rush Terrorism Bill

"The problem is, we often see the word “terrorism” being applied broadly by oppressive regimes to detain innocent people who're simply rallying for a better life." More>>

ALSO:

Expert Reaction: $17 million To Fight Online Extremist Content

The Department of Internal Affairs will double its work investigating and preventing violent extremism online. Funding will also help bolster the Chief Censor's work to make fast decisions about harmful content. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels