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

 


Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade

David
SHEARER
Foreign Affairs spokesperson
Phil
GOFF
Trade Spokesperson
19 August 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade

“Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.

“We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a principled stance on world events.

“Whether it’s Gaza, Syria, Iraq or Ukraine, standing up for international standards has been – and will continue to be – a hallmark of the next Labour Government.

“We are committed to ensuring human rights and international law are observed. That’s what Kiwis expect and it is part of our reputation as a fair-minded country.

“Labour acknowledges New Zealand’s unique skills from many challenging deployments and will build a specialist capacity drawn from our diplomatic, military and aid agencies to contribute to peace building. We will strengthen our relationships with our traditional partners, while forging new links across the world.

“We will support multilateral institutions such as the UN and support the campaign to win a seat on the Security Council. But we will also push for reform to make the UN more effective, such as removing the veto power from permanent members of the Security Council, said David Shearer.

“Labour Governments have a proud history of breaking down trade barriers for our exporters, most notably signing the China free trade agreement,” said Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff.

“Labour will focus on playing to our strengths to enable our businesses develop high value, niche markets in the world. Our priority will be for all agreements to be comprehensive and high quality and ensure the public and stakeholders are kept informed on the progress of negotiations.”

“Our history shows that New Zealand does best with an active and independent government on the international stage. Labour will play that role,” says Phil Goff.

Labour's Foreign Affairs policy is available here.
Labour's Trade policy is available here.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news