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

 


ANZAC Day a reminder of future defence needs

Max Bradford National Defence Spokesperson

25 April 2001

ANZAC Day a reminder of future defence needs

ANZAC Day is not only a time to reflect on the courage of our 8,556 fellow New Zealanders who lost their lives fighting for their country, but a time to look forward to what the future holds for New Zealand, National's Defence spokesman Max Bradford said today.

"Yesterday's opening of the New Zealand war memorial at Canberra was a deeply moving experience, similar to the annual dawn ceremonies around New Zealand. ANZAC Day binds New Zealanders more into one people than any other event. "As New Zealand is part of the increasingly volatile Asia-Pacific region, we need to prepare a viable defence policy for the future, especially as New Zealanders have signalled in recent polls that they don't want our defence capabilities reduced.

"Today regional alliances are vital when differences occur between nations. ANZAC Day is a solemn reminder that for New Zealand to be secure in times of unrest in the Asia-Pacific region it has to do its part.

"National shares New Zealanders concerns at the Government's isolationism and at the shelving next month of our air combat capability and of the Orions maritime surveillance upgrade.

"Five earlier polls, between 1995-99, were overwhelmingly against any isolationist view which distanced us from our neighbours. This is the first government since the WWII which has based its defence policy on isolationism.

"The recent incident between China and the United States illustrates just how quickly nations can start eye-balling each other and how far off the mark Helen Clark is when she says we are in a 'benign strategic environment'. New Zealand needs to prepare for an uncertain future by being a good neighbour to Australia and by pulling its weight.

Mr Bradford yesterday attended the opening of 'ANZAC - The New Zealand Story' at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Early today he attended the Auckland dawn ceremony and then the ANZAC Civil Service in Rotorua this morning.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news