Parliament

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

 

Briefing offer for political parties on Zimbabwe

Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade


1 July 2005
Media statement
Briefing offer for political parties on Zimbabwe

Foreign Minister Phil Goff says New Zealand's stand against Zimbabwe's human rights abuses and the cricket tour proceeding would be helped by other parties' endorsement of this position.

Mr Goff said he was willing to brief any political party on the situation in Zimbabwe and the options available to New Zealand with regard to the tour proceeding, and their consequences.

But he has a strong message for National.

"It is simply not true for Dr Brash to say 'we've been asking for this briefing for a week'. Until this morning, no formal request at all had been made to me or to my office by National for any such briefing.

"Any such request would have been willingly responded to.

"Had Dr Brash made that request, he would have avoided yesterday's blunder of announcing that National would meet financial penalties imposed on New Zealand Cricket.

"Clearly, Dr Brash made this comment in ignorance of the fact that this would require paying money directly to the host country, Zimbabwe, and to a body of which Mugabe is patron, and which is under his control.

"Dr Brash also seems unaware that the $2.8 million is a minimum payment only and could be substantially higher than this amount, perhaps by tens of millions of dollars.

"I do, however, welcome the National Party's agreement with the government's position that a Zimbabwe national side should be stopped from coming to New Zealand in December. This contrasts sharply with what Murray McCully and Lockwood Smith were saying just a few days ago.

"I have already briefed two political parties on this issue and have made the offer to brief any party that may wish to take up this offer. I have asked my office to contact other party spokespeople in this regard," Mr Goff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election