20 Nov 2023

On Gaza: National accuses Labour leader of playing politics

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 20 November 2023

The National Party is accusing caretaker Prime Minister Chris Hipkins of playing politics over Gaza after the Labour Party leader called for a ceasefire.

Chris Hipkins says he sought an agreement from the National Party over the call but was unsuccessful.

National says it supports the goal, but says Mr Hipkins' actions go against a long standing bipartisan approach to foreign policy.

Neither Chris Hipkins nor National Party leader Christopher Luxon were available for comment.

But National's foreign affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee spoke to Corin Dann.