Top Scoops

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

 

Royal Commission into terror attacks begins

Royal Commission into terror attacks begins, will 'leave no stone unturned'

Karoline Tuckey, Journalist

The Royal Commission into the Christchurch terror attack begins work today.

The Commission has been established to answer questions New Zealanders and the government have about why and how the 15 March terror attack was able to happen. It will gather information about how to prevent any similar attacks.

Jacqui Caine, the former ambassador to Chile, was announced as second commissioner joining Supreme Court Justice Sir William Young, who was previously announced as the chairperson.

The pair would begin by establishing how they would carry out the investigation, a spokesperson for the prime minister said, and will report back to the Governor General with their findings on 10 December.

"It's a relatively tight timeframe for a royal commission, so we're keen for them to get under way," the spokesperson said.

"They have the powers to call people to appear before them ... they have the ability to look through a lot of material, and their powers are very broad.

"We want them to leave no stone unturned."

Agencies directed to cooperate include the police, Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, Government Communication Security Bureau, and Immigration New Zealand.

All have agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

The commission will look at what actions agencies took, whether they could have done anything to prevent the attack, and what barriers there were.

It will investigate the gunman's activities before the attack in New Zealand and abroad. It will look at how he got a gun, a licence and ammunition, his use of social media, and his connections to others.

The commission has also been asked to engage with New Zealand's Muslim community.

New Zealanders have the right to ask questions about the attack.

The Royal Commission has a budget of $8.2 million.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

For most of the past week, any consumer of this country’s management of Covid-19 would think New Zealand was actually Brazil, or Texas. The media language has been full of claims of “botches” at the border, and laxness and inexcusable errors ... More>>

Gregor Thompson: Don’t Be Too Pessimistic About New Zealand’s Future.

With the first hurdle hopped our Government will be turning its attention to trying to soften the economic damage this pandemic has on our little archipelago. More>>

Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>



Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>