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


Veterans to be heard

Veterans to be heard

The National Party MP responsible for winning a select committee inquiry into the use of Agent Orange on Kiwi soldiers in Vietnam says veterans and their families can now rest easy in the knowledge that they will be heard.

Judith Collins is commenting in the wake of the Health Select Committee decision to allow veterans to give evidence to the inquiry in person.

"Veterans have said for more than 30 years they were in areas sprayed by chemical defoliants, now they'll get a chance to provide the country with their side of the story," says the National Party Associate Health spokesperson.

"Just yesterday the Minister of Defence provided an answer to written questions by National's Richard Worth, in which he admits that between 1965 and 1971 a total of 487,000 US gallons of herbicide was sprayed on Phuoc Tuy Province from aircraft.

"In addition, an unknown amount of herbicide was sprayed from aircraft requested by the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) between 1966 and 1970.

"Ground spraying of herbicides was also undertaken in Phuoc Tuy Province by 1ATF, which included the NZ Armed Forces units as part of perimeter clearance tasks," says Ms Collins.

"The information further shows that between 1966 and 1970, 23,350 lbs and 7,425 gallons were sent from Australia to 1ATF.

"The Minister has acknowledged that some herbicides procured in New Zealand may have been used as well.

"Above all else, veterans and their children will be pleased to know that Defence is now talking about this issue," says Ms Collins.

© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news