INDEFENSIBLE NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL SECURITY PODCAST – SEASON 1 EPISODE 6
This episode takes a high level pass over several pieces of New Zealand legislation that either need amendment or should be created in order to improve the country’s national security legislative framework.
The discussion includes the raising of a National Security Agency and National Security Impact Statements for all new Bills as well as better use of existing legislation – such as S50A of the Defence Act declaring Situations of National Interest. The latter, I argue, should automatically trigger qualifying operational service, veteran status and medallic recognition. The definition of exactly who is a veteran is noted, as is the subject of a National Emergency Medal.
This episode also traverses the need for an Armed Forces Covenant Act to legislate the social contract between the state and those that put their lives at risk in its protection. It also introduces the idea of a NZ War Graves Commission , improvements to the Volunteers’ Employment Protection Act and a new Voluntary National Service Scheme.
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