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


Labour Shows No Respect For Those Who Serve

Media Release
17 October 2003

Labour Government Shows No Respect For Those Who Serve

New Zealand First Defence spokesperson Ron Mark today expressed his disbelief at the Government’s treatment of the Nepata brothers seriously injured in freak accidents while serving in the New Zealand Army.

Despite Parliament’s foreign affairs select committee recommending that the brothers should be entitled to further compensation the Government has rejected any calls for further payment.

“It’s a disgrace. This heartless, two-faced Government has stated quite clearly through its inaction where its priorities lie, said Mr Mark.

“When in opposition Labour supported their cause and severely criticised the Government of the day for not agreeing to compensation. Now that they are in a position to act as the Government, they have decided to change their position leaving the brothers out in the cold.

“The message that this Government is sending to those who are currently in the armed forces is that we want your service but if you suffer a debilitating injury you’re on your own. It is little wonder why the New Zealand Defence Force is struggling to obtain and retain recruits.

“I challenge the Minister of Defence Mark Burton to represent his people. He must step in, appologise, and ensure these men are paid the compensation they deserve if he wishes to maintain a shred of credibility among Defence Force personnel and their families,” said Mr Mark.


© 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