Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Christchurch Firm Profits From US War In Iraq

Christchurch Firm Profits From US War In Iraq - Murray Horton

Business South is a monthly giveaway paper delivered to every PO box at the Christchurch Postal Centre. If you get one, don't chuck it away, as it regularly contains gems of information. For example, the May issue has a spread on SteelBro, a long-established Christchurch firm. It has an eyecatching little article in it, headed "Helping The Military". I'll quote it in full.

"Steelbro NZ has sold 10 sidelifters * to an American company that will be used to supply goods to United States forces in Iraq. Steelbro's managing director, Bill Lee, says that two more units could be sold to the US military at Fort Bragg to handle military equipment. Mr Lee says the sidelifter can be easily adapted for military operations. During peacetime deployments and exercises, it can be used to load munitions and move artillery to and from exercises. However it is during conflict that the machinery really comes into its own. 'Whether working at railheads, weapons dumps or near forward positions, the sidelifter permits containerised and palletised arms and munitions to be moved quickly and safely. Its compact design also enables it to be carried aboard some military cargo aircraft'". *A sidelifter is a device to lift containers on and off trucks, without needing forklifts, etc. They cost $$250,000 each.

That's pretty clear, isn't it. If local anti-war activists are looking for a Christchurch focus for their opposition to the American occupation of Iraq, this strikes me as being a pretty good candidate. The above is from the horse's mouth, in a business paper. The company boasts about how useful their product is in combat situations and its pivotal roles in transporting and unloading arms and ammunition. And at $250,000 each, they're a nice little earner for our local war profiteer (that figure comes from a less detailed December 2003 Press story, quoted in PR 28, "Full Speed Ahead Into The Quagmire: NZ Blunders Into Iraq", Murray Horton. It can be read online at http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/pr28-91.html).


© 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