Goff says halving the harassment rate is going backwards

February 14th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The Military Women in the New Zealand Defence Force report said one in 10 women (10.4 per cent) reported they had been harassed, down from 19 per cent four years ago.

“However, women in all services also report higher rates of bullying than men (13.4 per cent v 6.6 per cent), and there has been no improvement over the past six years.”

It’s good the harassment rate has halved, but still of course too high.

Labour defence spokesman said the report confirmed women were “going backwards” in the NZDF

Sigh! A halving of the harrassment rate from what it was when Labour was Government is described by Labour as going backwards.

Of course the opposition should criticise and scrutinise, but there is such a pattern of factual inaccuracy that they just continue to lose credibility.

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20 Responses to “Goff says halving the harassment rate is going backwards”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Weasel Goff once again waffling unfounded and baseless shit. Is he still supporting Lecher Len, so as to be able to leech from his trough next local body elections. Is he still pushing for lowering the age of consent, diluting incest laws, and preference to gay marrieds adopting children . . . he may even be on course for a UN post, they are all losers such as he.

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  2. flash2846 (274 comments) says:

    Once again they grab the headline. That’s all it takes.

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  3. Mobile Michael (446 comments) says:

    Phil Goff said, “This is a good trend and I’m pleased to see the Government has continued the focus on reducing harassment in the Militaty that Labour introduced while in Government. But 10% is too high, and I’m concerned that almost 14% of female personnel and 7% of male personnel report bullying occurs, this has to be a major focus of the Government to retain our hard working and internationally well regarded Defence personnel.”

    No, he didn’t. And that is the reason why he failed as leader of Labour and why National will win the election later this year.

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  4. Sidey (249 comments) says:

    Labour: continually shit.

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  5. Lindsay Addie (1,461 comments) says:

    Goff’s inane waffling on this matter highlights what happens when you have 1980’s geriatric political reptiles in your party.

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  6. kowtow (8,323 comments) says:

    Far too many women in the armed services.

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  7. flash2846 (274 comments) says:

    Bullying “occurs”, that’s the operative word. So those who have seen bullying, done the bullying and have been victims of bullying could be at least three people counted for the same single event.
    Looks like bullying is in fact extremely low in the military especially compared to large work places and schools.

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  8. niggly (820 comments) says:

    The more Goff comments on defence issues the more his credibility diminishes. He is frequently wrong, selectively manipulates information out of context and misrepresents facts and figures to the media. Then to top it off he frequently whinges about the Minister (Coleman, who appears to be doing a reasonable job). Goff also seems to suffer from sour grapes syndrome and needs to be put out to pasture!

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  9. Manolo (13,580 comments) says:

    We need to appoint P.G. to the military to sort this outrageous behaviour out.
    The rape culture must stop. Now!

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  10. Lindsay Addie (1,461 comments) says:

    I think I’ve found Goff’s alter ego:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Gowen

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  11. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Groan. Isn’t halving a negative statistic a good thing. It makes no sense then that it’s goi backwards.

    Another permanent opposition member who shows no discernible connections in his logic.

    National without a doubt with romp in.

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  12. david (2,556 comments) says:

    Yeah Nah – Phil obviously thinks that as a non-PC, all-round Speights-drinking, hard-fighting, outdoorsy Kiwi bloke with his own farm dog, some harrassment is a GOOD THING. He is expressing his concern that disrespect for women is a vanishing feature of our military and this in itself might make it difficult to pursue the dream of lowering the age of consent to 12.

    Go Phil, go you good thing

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  13. thedavincimode (6,710 comments) says:

    sidey, LOL

    Labour: making shit happen.

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  14. lolitasbrother (669 comments) says:

    saw this girl in uniform, I said to her I like a girl in a uniform, can you do something bad to me.
    She said OK first I frisk you all over, then I harrass you real bad .
    I

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  15. Paulus (2,607 comments) says:

    Did Goofy do National Service, or any form of Military Service.
    If not STFU as he know sweet FA.

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  16. kowtow (8,323 comments) says:

    I think Labour consider their “national service” was performed against the police at tour and Vietnam protests.

    While the Greens would count time riding a bicycle or sitting on a composting toilet towards getting the required time in.

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  17. RF (1,380 comments) says:

    Goof is a fool and well past his use by date. I still laugh when I remember JK asking him … Show me the money…. Goof looked a complete dick. If I remember the silent t was the person who failed to deliver the info to Goof.

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  18. RRM (9,834 comments) says:

    there is such a pattern of factual inaccuracy that they just continue to lose credibility.

    Only among people who know a bit about the facts, or bother to look it up.

    They are not looking for your vote!

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  19. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Paulus: Goff is an avowed pacifist, so would find it doubtful that he has even fired a slug gun, let alone been in any part of the armed services! That is why Clark made him Minister of Defence, when she stuffed the armed services in this country.
    Niggly: Goff has, and never has had, credibility in any facet, he bears close resemblance to a rodent, even buying a latter day Triumph to try and make himself look manly; all he did was stuff the reputation of a magnificent machine, thank God, he did not ride a T120, T150, or T100, these being icons.

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  20. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    NZers in Aus need to form militia units

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