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


Nuclear Waste Transport Issue Misses Crucial Point

23 January 2001


The present controversy about the transportation over the shipment of nuclear fuel through the Tasman Sea, raises an important issue regarding our defence capability, namely our ability as a country to police any infringement of our territorial waters by our defence forces says, Hon Peter Dunne, leader United Future.

"While it is unlikely the ships will not move through the New Zeaalnd exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the shipping companies operating the vessels do reserve the right to enter the zone for reasons of 'weather, navigation, currents all sorts of things.' However, if they were to enter our zone New Zealand's ability to respond would be compromised.

"This is due to the Government's lack of commitment to retaining the ability to enforce the economic zone. For example, if the Government chooses to do away with the Orion squadron and a lack of naval cover, without a replacement then New Zealand's ability to police the EEZ will be seriously compromised," says Mr Dunne.

He says he shares the concern at the shipment of nuclear fuel and despite all the assurances of high safety there is still a risk of accident, albeit small.

"In these and other circumstances where the integrity of our territorial waters are under threat from foreign ships we must have a trusted, reliable means to police the zone. Under this Government we are giving up such a capacity which leaves our protests looking hollow.

"The Government are absolutely right to protest at this shipment in the strongest possible terms. They must as a matter of priority ensure we can maintain our territorial integrity through proper means of surveillance and back-up, otherwise we end up once more looking as though we are just all talk and no action," concludes Mr Dunne.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news