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


Labour blocks inquiry into Goon squad

Brian Connell National MP for Rakaia

8 October 2003

Labour blocks inquiry into Goon squad

Labour's decision to block further investigation into the alleged brutalities and excesses of the Goon Squad is an appalling cover-up, says National Member of the Law and Order Select Committee and MP for Rakaia, Brian Connell.

His comments followed the decision by Government MPs on Parliament's Law & Order Select Committee to block an inquiry into the alleged misdemeanours of the Emergency Response Unit, better known as 'the Goon Squad.'

"To be frank, I'm appalled. Some of the stories associated with the Goon Squad are horrific and an inquiry would've given us a chance to verify them and ensure the Corrections Department is living up to the standards New Zealanders expect of it.

"By hushing up these wrongdoings, Labour is trying to conceal the extent to which the Goon Squad's activities were sanctioned by Corrections bosses. As it is we can only speculate on how high the rot will run. "I have it on good authority that a number of Labour MPs wanted the inquiry - Georgina Beyer said the members of the squad should've been fired - but Labour MPs were ordered not to rock the boat. This is a Government that could give Nixon lessons in how to carry out a cover-up!

Mr Connell warned that a full and frank inquiry was just a matter of time. "I'll be pushing for the next National Government to fully investigate this and see that the public gets all the facts.

"Whether Labour likes it or not, the truth will come out. Those who are found to have participated in any wrongdoing have reason to be concerned that their day of reckoning will come," Mr Connell said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election