Parliament

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

 

Compensate Vietnam Veterans Says Nz First

Compensate Vietnam Veterans Says Nz First

New Zealand First veterans’ affairs spokesperson Bill Gudgeon is urging the Government to pay compensation to Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Mr Gudgeon’s comments follow confirmation that New Plymouth residents living close to an herbicide plant have high levels of a highly toxic dioxin and have suffered the same symptoms as Vietnam veterans.

“The results have justified the concerns of Paritutu residents, who have long claimed dioxin contamination caused illness and high numbers of birth deformities in the area.

“These findings make it imperative that the Government recognise the impact Agent Orange has had on veterans and their offspring,” Mr Gudgeon said.

“Evidence of the adverse health effects of dioxin contamination is very clear, yet the Government continues to debate whether compensation should be paid to Vietnam veterans.

“If the Government is considering taking legal action against Dow AgroSciences for the harm it has caused New Plymouth residents, it must also commit itself to making sure Vietnam veterans receive the same kind of recognition,” said Mr Gudgeon.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>

 

Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>

ALSO:

Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>

ALSO:

Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>

ALSO:

Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>

ALSO:

Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>

ALSO:

"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>

ALSO:


SPECIAL GUNS FOR FOREIGN SECURITY:


MORE ARMED POLICE:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels