Parliament

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

 

Exclude Indonesia From Naval Symposium

Exclusion would send Indonesian military a strong message

Green MP Keith Locke wants New Zealand to advocate Indonesia's exclusion from a naval symposium scheduled to take place in Auckland in early November.

"It's quite clear that elements of the Indonesia armed forces are still encouraging militia terror in West Timor, threatening the lives and well-being of 120,000 refugees," said Mr Locke.

"We could send the Indonesian military a very strong message by excluding them from the symposium.

"This is the time to act. West Timor is at crisis point following the killing of three United Nations workers and the evacuation of all aid workers," he said.

"New Zealand has ended all bilateral military contacts with the Indonesian military. To propose that Indonesia not attend the symposium would be consistent with this.

"Back in February the New Zealand Defence Force argued that Indonesia should be invited because 'the new Indonesian government is bringing the TNI [the military] under civilian control for the first time'. [See February 15 briefing paper.]

"Seven months later, as shown by the killings in West Timor, this is clearly not true. Key elements of the Indonesian military are pursuing their own murderous agenda, fostering militias hostile to East Timor's independence," said Mr Locke.

Keith Locke MP: 025 528 353 Jonathan Hill (press secretary): 04 470 6719, 021 440 090


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism’s Changing Of The Guard, Plus A Soul Music Playlist

The weekend’s Newshub/Reid Research poll results - Act up to 11.1%, National up 1% but still sitting at only 28.7%, Labour down to 43%, the Greens up to 8.5% - shows that the combined centre right vote is still languishing nearly 12 points behind the combined centre-left vote, 45 months after the last centre-right government was voted out... More>>



 
 


Government: Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>

ALSO:



Human Rights Commission: Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing... More>>



NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels