Parliament

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

 

Nuclear policy - gone by lunchtime under Nats

Hon Phil Goff Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

5 July 2005

Nuclear policy will be gone by lunchtime under Nats

Don Brash has reminded New Zealanders once again that National can't be trusted to keep the country nuclear-free, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff.

"You just can't trust Don Brash's word on this issue. A year ago he claimed there wasn't a demand for change. Then he promised National would do nothing without holding a referendum. Yesterday Dr Brash let slip that an election win would be enough of a public mandate to scrap the anti-nuclear legislation," Mr Goff said.

"Today Dr Brash's minders have forced him into another flip-flop by issuing a statement that says repealing the legislation will not be part of National's election manifesto.

"However the underlying message from Brash yesterday is clear: a vote for National is a vote for repealing the anti-nuclear legislation, despite the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders wanting our country to remain nuclear-free.

"Dr Brash has shown his duplicity before by telling a group of visiting American Congressmen one thing and then saying another thing to the New Zealand public.

"It is clear that the nuclear-free policy will be gone by lunchtime under a National-led government, and with it New Zealanders' wish to have foreign policy based on our own beliefs and values and not on the wishes of others.

"Don Brash is clearly prepared to sacrifice our independence and sovereignty by legislating against the wishes of most New Zealanders. He just doesn't have the courage to admit it before the election," Mr Goff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels