Parliament

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

 

East Timor: Government still sitting on hands

East Timor: Government still sitting on hands

Friday, 15 February 2008,

Friday, 15th February 2008

East Timor: Government still sitting on hands

Yesterday’s announcement that Australia were now sending their Prime Minister to East Timor raises more questions about New Zealand’s response, says an MP.

Independent MP Gordon Copeland was again asking the government why nobody from New Zealand had responded, yet the Australians were sending their leader.

The Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Rudd would be in East Timor today, "reflecting the Australian government's, the Australian Parliament's and the Australian people's long-standing support and long-standing friendship and special relationship with East Timor."

Mr Copeland said it was reprehensible that the New Zealand government had not responded in a proportionate manner. “We have a substantial commitment to East Timor, proportionately, yet we continue to sit on our hands while our defense partners the Australians, take action.”

Earlier this week Foreign Minister Winston Peters said international permission was needed before New Zealand could send anyone, such as a platoon who were on standby. Mr Copeland said sending the back-up platoon did not need permission because our troops and police were already there. “All we have sent is a wrong message to our partners, on a matter we could have taken an initiative on. Instead we see our Defense Minister Phil Goff also wringing his hands, defending allegations our troops weren’t fast enough getting to the incident.”

Earlier in the week the Australian foreign minister said they wanted to show solidarity after the assassination attempts on East Timor's leaders. Mr Copeland said that at least should have signaled to Winston Peters and Phil Goff that action was required. He accepted that communications would be taking place on a diplomatic and operational level between Australia and New Zealand, but questioned why it was not being taken to another level, namely actually doing something tangible.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election