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Editorial: If only Assange was a Kiwi

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As an Australian, I’ve always felt somewhat inspired by New Zealand’s rugged independence and forward thinking. 

In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and while it is not a treaty as recognised by international law (according to the Brooklyn Journal of International Law), it’s a step Australia is yet to take.

A bit later, in 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant all women the right to vote. Aussies were the second country to do that in 1902. 

In the late 1890s, NZ turned down an offer to join the Australian Federation, and instead became an independent Dominion in 1907.

Why be at the apron strings of another colony? 

New Zealanders are courageous

Over the years, New Zealanders have shown themselves to be courageous in the face of powerful interests, namely the US.

Unlike Aussies, they have taken a principled stand against the war/death industry. Since 1984, NZ has been a nuclear free zone. 

US nuclear-powered ships are not allowed to dock. The sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior by the French in 1985 demonstrated the price of nation state independence.   

Fast forward to last week, and US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was in NZ. A joint press conference was held.

Obligatory motherhood statements were made, such as ‘shared vision’, ‘tremendous friend’, and ‘advancing economic engagement’. 

When Blinken was asked about NZ’s interest in the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS), he said the door was open for NZ to join. 

Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, then said what Australia should say – she said no thanks. 

New Zealand not prepared to compromise or change

She said, ‘New Zealand is not prepared to compromise or change our nuclear framework position’.

In the same week, Blinken was also in Australia, and the contrast couldn’t be wider, as Labor MPs and the PM revelled shamelessly  in the US death-cult-military-industrial-complex. 

Highlighting our unhealthy US military relationship, former Labor leader, Bob Carr, wrote in the SMH of the US submarine deal, ‘Australia will make the largest transfer of wealth ever made outside this country. This $368 billion is a whopping subsidy to American naval shipyards, and to the troubled, chronically tardy British naval builder BAE Systems’.

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, supports this madness.

Also this week, SMH reported that, ‘Australia is set to begin manufacturing its own missiles within two years’. 

Meanwhile, federal Labor have been trying to convince the yanks to release imprisoned Aussie journalist, Julian Assange.  

Yet Blinken dismissed the request. According to www.theguardian.com, he told reporters Assange ‘risked very serious harm to our national security’.

What would the Kiwis do if Assange was one of theirs? 

They seem to know that ‘real friends’ don’t just lay down and get walked all over. 

It’s an unhealthy relationship if you do whatever you are told to do, yet federal Labor is doing just that.

Thankfully, NZ is an example of a nation that looks after the interests of its citizens. 

Hans Lovejoy, editor

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    • In jail for what, exposing what he was given by Chelsea Manning (govt official) about atrocities being done by govt, telling the truth? Get a backbone Labor and bring Julian home in freedom and for real, not as a subservient govt or patsy to other countries such as horrible USA and UK on this. Hiding nasty govt crimes against human rights is not what to support. Support truthful Australian Journos instead. Julian is being held without charges! Absurd Albo! Thank you Hans for truth of NZ we should have here too. Not daydreaming Rod!

  1. I will say, abolition of nuclear weapons has some merit.

    For example, if Putin didn’t have the option to throw an apocalyptic temper tantrum, NATO air power could have brought Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine to a screeching halt in a couple of weeks.

    • Russia’s military is a big as all the European armies combined. Nukes are the only thing that has stopped the major powers going to war, thus no WWIII. Without nukes, China’s military could sweep across North America.

  2. Many resented the presence of the yanks through WW2. They were said to be “overpaid, oversexed and over here.” Ask anyone though who lived through that period thought what they thought by the war’s end.

    • They thought Russia had only been a bit player, and that saying the US didn’t enter the war until Russia was certain to win, was mis and dis information.

  3. With friends like the USA who needs enemies.
    How can the person who leaked the info to Assange be pardoned by the former President and Assange be charged?
    Of course it is a ‘Trumped up” charge .
    But the empire of the USA irules, does it not?
    Write to Wonge. Dreyfus and Marles to vent your anger.
    They will not resposnd of course….

    • Mr. The+Sheriff, you are extremely lucky to live in a free country where wasted spaces like yourself can write this disrespectful bile and constantly criticize a majority elected Govt and not be subject to serious consequences. It also seems that you are not only an expert in all things political, and environmental, but are also a legal expert; what part of- “Julian Assange was indicted on 18 counts by a Grand Jury in Virginia alleging he was complicit with Chelsea Manning by unlawfully obtaining and disclosing to a foreign power, classified documents related to National defense”- do you not understand; whistleblower my arse, he is a convicted criminal even without these indicted charges and needs to be duly prosecuted just the same as any other treasonous arsehole.


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