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Govt. rips off defence in Auckland

Wayne Mapp

Opposition Defence Spokesperson

21 March 2000

Govt. rips off defence in Auckland

The Government has ripped off the Defence Force to the tune of $16 million with the transfer of land at HMNZS Tamaki for a public reserve, Opposition Defence spokesperson Wayne Mapp revealed today.

"The Minister of Defence admitted the market value of the land outstrips the amount of money Defence got for giving up the land.

"The Government has been caught with a blatant double standard towards defence.

"On the one hand, the Government is crying foul over defence funding, saying the forces are under-funded and face big budget pressures.

"On the other hand, it is short-changing Defence millions of dollars from the transfer of the $26 million land used by the Navy at HMNZS Tamaki into a public reserve.

"The Government's only compensating Defence $9.359 million for the land.

"That's a $16 million shortfall - and a lot of money that could be used for upgrades.

"This Government is all over the place with its defence policy. Perhaps if the Prime Minister stopped trying to be the Minister of Everything and let her Defence Minister get on with the job we wouldn't be faced with these sorts of inconsistencies."

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