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


National must come clean on Brethren

7 September 2005
Media Statement

National must come clean on Brethren

The National Party needs to come clean about how much it knew about an anti-government leaflet campaign funded by members of the Exclusive Brethren Church, Labour MP Pete Hodgson said tonight.

At a press conference today seven businessmen who are members of the Exclusive Brethren Church admitted they were responsible for the leaflet campaign.

“Dr Brash’s decision today to abruptly terminate an interview with media about the issue suggests it is causing the National Party much discomfort,” Mr Hodgson said.

“The leaflets contain a number of lies and distortions about Labour and the Greens, and it is difficult to believe that National were not aware of the campaign.

“We now know that Dr Brash met with Exclusive Brethren members a month ago, and that he was offered ‘prayerful’ support.

“A former Exclusive Brethren member has been reported today as saying that the church has been visiting National Party MPs to discuss election issues, and we have reports of Brethren Church members helping the National Party to erect hoardings and to carry out telephone canvassing.

“We also know that National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee told National Radio today that his party was not involved in the ‘preparation’ of the pamphlets. He refused to deny having knowledge of the leaflet smear campaign.

“The Exclusive Brethren Church and its members can do whatever they like in terms of producing and distributing election material, so long as it complies with the law.

“But we are challenging Dr Brash to front up and answer the question that he declined to address at today’s encounter with media: did the Brethren Church tell him or any other National Party MPs about the leaflet drop?

“National are not being up front about the extent of their links with Exclusive Brethrens, and New Zealanders deserve to know the truth,” Mr Hodgson said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news