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


Labour Fingerprints Wiped From Defence Report

Labour Fingerprints Wiped From Defence Report

New Zealand First has accused Labour of deliberately delaying and politically cleansing the Hunn review of the working relationship between the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Defence spokesperson Ron Mark says the timeline of the review is disturbing because it reveals long periods of delay, designed to conceal Labour’s previous political involvement with senior Army officers.

This review was reluctantly ordered by the Defence Minister in August/September 2001 as a result of serious problems in the Defence Forces while Labour was being publicly implicated in the politicisation of the Army. It took the Minister until 19 October 2001 to finalise the terms of reference. An “interim” report was presented to the Minister on 22 December 2001 for his “examination”. A “working draft” of the “final report” was provided to the Minister for his “consideration” on 28 March 2002. It took until May 2002 for the “draft executive summary” to be “finalised”. The “report” was completed on 30 September 2002 but has only now been publicly released (26 March 2003).

“The timeline clearly shows that the Minister has interfered with the reporting process in order to wipe clean all traces of the Labour Party’s fingerprints.

“Everyone knows that the Labour Party was inappropriately involved with certain senior Army officers leading up to the 1999 election. The actions of those officers resulted in a dysfunctional Defence Force which ultimately cost New Zealand its air combat wing.”

Mr Mark, a former Army officer, said he was also concerned that the report did not include the results of the investigation into the accessing of his confidential Army records.

“It is disappointing that Mr Hunn was prevented from addressing questions of accountability for failures and whether these had arisen from system weakness or individual action or inaction.”

© 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>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. 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