Parliament

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

 

Clark Cannot Take Parliament's Support For Granted

Clark Cannot Take Parliament's Support For Anti-Terrorism Campaign For Granted

United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is warning the Prime Minister against taking Parliament's support for the anti-terrorism campaign for granted.

"Whilst I think she is correct in her current assessment that all parties continue to support the government's actions in terms of the October 4th vote in Parliament, that may not continue unabated, especially if the campaign becomes prolonged and the fighting intensifies."

"Clearly, this is the government's expectation, if media reports that a War Cabinet of senior Ministers has been appointed, are to be believed."

"Because Parliament endorsed the decision to commit SAS forces to the anti-terrorism campaign, Parliament has a right to be kept fully informed of the consequent course of their deployment, yet this is not occurring."

"On the one hand, the government was keen to secure cross-party support for its actions, which was forthcoming, but, on the other hand, it is not nearly as keen to share information about what is happening to the New Zealand forces."

"It cannot continue to have it both ways and expect Parliament to give ongoing meek and unquestioning support," Mr Dunne says.

Mr Dunne suggests there should be regular full briefings provided to party leaders on the course of the anti-terrorism campaign to ensure Parliament's support can be retained.

"Otherwise, there is an increasing risk that a Parliament and public kept in the dark will turn against the cause we professed ourselves so determined to pursue in the aftermath of September 11th."

"This is too big an issue to become victim to partisan politics, and the government should be determined to pursue as strong a multi-party approach as possible," he says.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels