Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

PM Ardern in Christchurch: 'There is much work to do'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch: 'There is much work to do'

The government intends to introduce legislation next week to prohibit the purchasing of military-style guns, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

Jacinda Ardern has addressed media from the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on plans for tomorrow's National Day of Remembrance and the week ahead.

Watch Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's press conference here:

Ms Ardern last week announced widespread changes to gun laws, banning all military-style weapons, assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and parts that could turn a weapon into a military-style weapon.

She said today that the legislation will be introduced next week.

She has also confirmed she will be joined at tomorrow's service by a significant delegation from Australia, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten. There will then be a bilateral meeting with Mr Morrison following the event.

She said in the wake of the attacks, there was "much work to do".

"New Zealand is now on the beginning of a journey. We have never been free of racism. We have never been free of violent ideology. But our overriding values are ones of fairness, compassion and diversity.

"Government is not the only one to ensure these values are upheld, but we do have a leadership role in this space."

"I don't have all the answers now, but I am committed to finding them."

She said the government intended to introduce legislation to prohibit the purchasing of military style guns next week.

Speaking about Facebook's decision to ban white supremacist speech, she said: "arguably these categories should have all fallen within their guidelines of hate speech".

"I do believe New Zealand has a role to play in this debate.

"These platforms are global and therefore I believe the solutions will need to be too."


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Coronavirus, And The Iowa Debacle

As Bloomberg says, the coronavirus shutdown is creating the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment. On the upside, the mortality rate with the current outbreak is lower than with SARS in 2003, but (for a number of reasons) the economic impact this time ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Dodging A Bullet Over The Transport Cost Over-Runs

As New Zealand gears up to begin its $6.8 billion programme of large scale roading projects all around the country, we should be aware of this morning’s sobering headlines from New South Wales, where the cost overruns on major transport projects ... More>>

Gordon Campbell:On Kobemania, Palestine And The Infrastructure Package

Quick quiz to end the week. What deserves the more attention – the death of a US basketball legend, or the end of Palestinian hopes for an independent state? Both died this week, but only one was met with almost total indifference by the global community. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Double Standard That’s Bound To Dominate The Election

Are National really better political managers than Labour, particularly when it comes to running the economy? For many voters – and the business community in particular - their belief in National’s inherent competence is a simple act of faith. More>>


Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women..

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts... More>>