Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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


New Zealand Must Retain Independence Of Command

Prime Minister Helen Clark has put as much thought into a joint defence force as she has put into a trans-tasman currency, said ACT Leader, Hon Richard Prebble.

In the wake of large numbers of New Zealand Defence Force officers quitting due to under resourcing and poor pay, Helen Clark has promoted a joint defence force with Australia. Figures issued show that 140 officers have quit the defence force this year the highest number in five years.

“New Zealand must retain independence in its command. History has shown (e.g. Gallipoli and Crete) that when New Zealand allows its soldiers to fall under the command of another power we have suffered terrible loses.

“As a parliamentarian of New Zealand I am determined that New Zealand troops will remain under the command of New Zealand.

“Helen Clark is trying to divert attention from the failings of her Government’s policies,” said Hon Richard Prebble.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Assault On Maori

This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Audrey Young in the NZ Herald has compiled a useful list of the many ways Christopher Luxon plans to roll back the progress made in race relations over the past forty years. He has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. More

ACT: Call To Abolish Human Rights Commission

“The Human Rights Commission’s appointment of a second Chief Executive is just the latest example of a taxpayer-funded bureaucracy serving itself at the expense of delivery for New Zealanders,” says ACT MP Todd Stephenson. More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.