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Defence Report Back - Recommends Major Change

The Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee has presented its final report back on New Zealand’s defence forces and defence requirements. Here is a summary of the recommendations:
- Why We Need A New Defence White Paper; - Greater Defence Contingency Capability Required; - NZDF Headquarters Restructuring Required; - Open Debate On Defence Policy Urged; - Wider Defence Cooperation Promoted; - Broader Recruit Training Advocated; - Defence Force Priorities; - Civilian Staff Would Bring Efficiency And Economy.
Reaction – Nats Reject Report -
Bradford - Niche Force Won't Protect New Zealand's Interests, Annabel Young - No Room For Isolationists In Defence Debate, Don McKinnon - Half a team would see NZ in third division, Labour - National out of step on defence - Braybrooke. All on page and in Parliament wire.

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