INDEPENDENT NEWS

Time for English to take action on SAS raid

Published: Fri 31 Mar 2017 11:19 AM
Andrew Little
Leader of the Opposition
MEDIA STATEMENT
31 March 2017
Time for English to take action on SAS raid
Bill English needs to show leadership and order an independent inquiry to clear up doubts and confusion over the SAS raid that looks to have caused civilian casualties, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.
"The original allegations are serious enough and since then the Defence Force has confirmed some aspects and denied others, and a former Defence Minister has all but confirmed there were civilian casualties.
"For the sake of public confidence we need to have certainty over the facts of this matter.
“There’s just too much at stake here – the reputation of our highly regarded military and our international reputation are on the line while there remains so much contradictory evidence over the 2010 Afghanistan operation.
“Bill English says he’s still awaiting further advice, ten days after the Hit and Run book was launched – that’s just not good enough when the stakes are so high.
“I agree with the Defence Minister at the time, Wayne Mapp, who said this week that as a nation we owe it to ourselves to find out if civilian casualties did occur on our watch.
“There needs to be an independent inquiry to get to the bottom of the mounting questions.
“There’s everything to be gained from clearing this issue up once and for all. If the Prime Minister fails to order an inquiry, then suspicion will remain and that will only damage the reputation of our fine soldiers and our country,” says Andrew Little.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Mental health crisis: "The government is in denial"
By: Public Service Association
Greens launch plan for cheaper and cleaner electricity
By: Green Party
People's Mental Health Report Released
By: People's Mental Health Review
Bring back the Mental Health Commission
By: New Zealand Labour Party
Mental health inquiry will help to save lives
By: Green Party
Report on Mental Health Shows Need for Review
By: New Zealand First Party
Putting caring into mental health care
By: Massey University
Mental Health staff benefit from self-reflection training
By: Careerforce
New Zealanders’ physical and financial wellness suffering
By: CIGNA
Call for a full independent inquiry of mental health system
By: Family of Nicky Stevens
Three new trends in workplace wellbeing
By: Diversity Works
Crisis in Funding for Mental Health Service
By: Mothers Helpers
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media