Parliament

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

 

Green Party Response To Terrorist Attacks

Green Party Response To Ministerial Statement On The Tragedy In The United States
By Green co-leader Rod Donald

The Green Party joins with other parties in this House in expressing our horror and outrage at the terrorist acts which occurred in the United States a few hours ago.

We also join with the Green Party of the United States in condemning the violent attacks and mass murder at the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon, and near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to all the people who have had their lives, their families and their friendships destroyed by these brutal acts of terrorism.

Whoever and whatever group is behind today's attacks have earned the revulsion and condemnation of the world, and have set back whatever cause they hoped to advance. We stand and grieve with all Americans, with the other nations directly affected and with all the peaceful people of the world.

Today we have witnessed a human tragedy of enormous proportions. This undeclared war also challenges our democratic foundations. The fact that it occurred on the United Nations International Day of Peace reinforces the perpetrators' callous disregard for the sanctity of life.

No matter how just your cause, no matter how strongly you hold your beliefs no one could justify what has happened today.

Neither can this attack justify indiscriminate retaliation. Even when the perpetrators are identified, and they must be punished, we would urge restraint and insist that a rash and violent response will only increase the loss of life, especially of the innocent. We agree with other speakers that we should not buckle to terrorism but neither should we sacrifice more innocent lives in retribution.

Today is a turning point for humankind. We dedicate ourselves to peaceful solutions to the challenges before us.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Panic In The Pacific Over China


For years, it has been no secret that China wants closer security and trade ties with the small nations of the Pacific region. All part of Beijing’s self-image as a global superpower. To that end this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an unprecedented 10-day tour of the Pacific, aimed at convincing his Pacific hosts to join a cross-Pacific agreement that would let Beijing provide them with high-level police training and security, shared data co-operation and other joint services ranging from agriculture to tourism...
More>>



 
 

Covid-19: Second Vaccine Booster For The Most Vulnerable
People who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon be eligible to receive a second booster, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>


PM Speech: Harvard University Commencement Speech - Democracy, Disinformation And Kindness

In Te Reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, I paid tribute to all of the esteemed guests who stand here in this great forest of knowledge. It is a privilege to be here, and I thank you for the honour... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>


Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels