Parliament

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

 

Clark and Burton Must Take Responsibility

Clark and Burton Must Take Responsibility for Document Destruction

Thursday 27 Dec 2001 Rodney Hide Press Releases -- Foreign Affairs & Defence

ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide said today that Defence Minister Mark Burton and Prime Minister Helen Clark must take direct responsibility for Army Chief Major General Maurice Dodson's destruction of official documents.

The destruction of documents and Maj Gen Maurice Dodson's culpability were revealed through the investigators' report to Chief of Defence Force Carey Adamson, released to Mr Hide under the Official Information Act.

"The politicians must front up to the problems. Successive governments have run our military into the ground without adequate support. The army, navy and air force have been left to cannibalise each other. That's why the army has been so desperate to win dwindling resources.

"Now we have a do-nothing Minister in Mark Burton who has left the military directionless and leaderless. Prime Minister Helen Clark has regularly interfered in military decisions and in doing so has politicised the army chiefs. This is unacceptable. This is the backdrop against which the latest revelations should be viewed.

"The investigators found that `the allegations of document destruction were proven'. The documents concerned `two separate, although possibly connected, clusters of material: * a quantity of personal and official documents [8-9 lever arch folders] belonging to the former Chief of General Staff Maj Gen P Reid (Rtd). * Documents provided by the Army's communications consultants Communications Trumps Ltd.'

"The Investigation Team found that the Army General Staff Registrar destroyed the Reid Papers under orders from the present Chief of General Staff, Maj Gen Maurice Dodson. The Team found that Communications Trumps' reports had been destroyed, one of them on instructions from Maj Gen Dodson.

"The Investigation Team found that `it is clear from evidence from Brig Gardiner and [name blanked out] that CGS sought the destruction of Communications Trumps Ltd material to avoid any embarrassment that may accrue from subsequent forced disclosure under the OIA. It is our view that a prima facia case exists that CGS ordered the destruction of official documents.'

"The document destruction all took place in the second half of this year. The destruction of official information is serious and I am afraid that Maj Gen Dodson should be immediately stood down from duties. He should not stay on as head of the army facing the serious charges that he faces.

"But the Minister and the Prime Minister must take responsibility. Helen Clark should stop being the de-facto Minister of Defence and become the actual Minister of Defence and work to sort out the problems.

"We also need all political parties to commit to funding the military properly. We can't expect the military to undertake the present role New Zealand expects of them without adequate resources. Adequate funding would go a long way to sorting out the problems."

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels