Families of soldiers killed in the line of duty fear the truth behind battlefield deaths could be covered up under controversial laws being considered.
The new law is being debated as Kiwi troops prepare to depart for Iraq to join the fight against Islamic State.
Under the Coroner’s Amendment Bill, which had its first reading last week, coroners would no longer be able to automatically investigate combat deaths, supposedly because it could breach national security. Instead the military would investigate deaths in-house.
Former chief coroner, Neil MacLean, has called the move undemocratic, and the partner of a soldier who died in battle believes it could lead to information being withheld from grieving families.
Hiding the causes of death of serving NZ military is a slap in the face to those we ask to risk their lives for our National interest. We can’t trust the NZDF to be honest, we can’t trust the Government to be honest, where the hell is the oversight for those who get killed in Iraq?
Nothing dulls the cheerleaders of war like friendly fire. How are the families supposed to believe anything a secret military tribunal will say about the deaths of their loved ones?
This removes transparency right when the Government are launching a war, shouldn’t we have MORE oversight and not less?
If you voted National and support the war you should be ashamed of yourself. Sure, you’ll wave the flag and cheer NZ Soldiers as they leave to fight, but the Government you elected won’t allow any transparent investigation into any of their deaths if they are killed.