The Government has sent SAS troops back to Afghanistan, to a war commentators frequently describe as ‘unwinnable’. Opinion polls in countries that are actively engaged in the war – such as Australia, Britain and Canada – show a majority in favour of withdrawing combat troops. Going into Afghanistan now in a combat role is akin to deciding to send troops to Vietnam in late 1974.
After a seven year wait, my Head of State Referenda Bill was finally pulled from the Member’s Ballot. This is my own private member’s bill. I hope to win enough support in Parliament to send it through for Select Committee consideration.
Pacific Big Eye and Yellowfin tuna are overfished by non-Pacific fishers and are now seriously threatened.
Each year in the Pacific
Foreign countries catch over 90% of tuna in the Pacific.
This has a value of US $3 billion a year.
Only $0.15 billion of this stays in Pacific mostly through processing.
High tech large ships can catch as much fish in two days as a small Pacific nation can in a year.
What can we do?
Metiria and Keith are currently running a campaign to pressure the New Zealand Government to actively support and enable Pacific Island Nations. A copy of the petition can be downloaded from: www.greens.org.nz/conservation/tunapetition
14.12.2000 KEITH LOCKE* says serious privacy issues arise from proposed laws that would allow police to intercept e-mails. Legislation allowing police to intercept e-mails and hack into computers is before a parliamentary select committee.