Pre-election public forum on international security, defence and trade

Pre-election forum nternational security defence and trade

Professor Rouben Azizian (left) chairs a public forum held at the Beehive, addressed by Todd Muller MP, from the National party, Barry Coates MP for the Green party and David Parker MP and spokesperson for the Labour party.

International security, defence and trade were on the agenda for political party speakers at a recent pre-election public forum organized by the Centre for Defence and Security Studies with support from the  Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade at the Beehive in Wellington.  Representatives of three political parties shared their perspectives on how New Zealand has been and should be performing in those areas. Todd Muller, MP and Chairperson of the Select Committee, spoke on behalf of the National Party, followed by another Committee member David Parker, MP from the Labour Party. The Green party address was given by Barry Coates. The speakers identified areas and issues of common agreement as well as points of divergence between the parties. They answered several questions from the audience.

The session was chaired and facilitated by Professor Rouben Azizian, the Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, who emphasized the importance of enhancing public awareness of New Zealand’s security, defence and trade issues.  While these areas are not necessarily viewed as priorities in popular approach to forthcoming elections, such events help to draw public attention to them  and promote a comprehensive understanding of security which influences or is affected by hotly debated topics of economic well-being, health or immigration.   

View the video from the forum here

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