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

 


New Zealand Today Welcomed Terrorism

9 December 2004

New Zealand Today Welcomed Terrorism

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Zaoui bail outcome today means that New Zealand has thrown open its doors to international terrorism and placed a welcome mat at the border to any extremists who want to come here.

Mr Peters said it was “outrageous” that an elected Government capitulated before the Supreme Court in relation to Zaoui’s bail hearing, and effectively handed the country’s security arrangements to a group of unelected judges and a religious order.

“The Government should never have let this situation develop. We warned that this could happen if the law was not changed and the Supreme Court has confirmed our worst fears.

“Zaoui is a convicted criminal. He was kicked out of France, Belgium and Switzerland. He does not qualify for refugee status because of his convictions, yet he is being treated better than law abiding, taxpaying New Zealanders.

“This is a day of shame for this Labour-led government and the Supreme Court it created despite repeated warnings about the lack of international legal expertise in this country.”

Mr Peters said that New Zealand was today sentenced to pariah status among Western democracies and the only way out of this situation would be to deport Zaoui immediately.

“While other nations increase their security against terrorism, we reduce ours and what is more, we do it through our highest court.

“We now have a religious order handling security in New Zealand. How silly we must look to our allies.

“We are under no international obligation to accept Zaoui. The Government must act in the interests of New Zealanders, not on behalf of an individual whose extreme views have no place in this country,” said Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news