Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Govt supports National's policy

Max Bradford National Defence Spokesperson

30 March 2001

Govt supports National's policy

National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said today he was not surprised that the Government was considering to purchase anti-shipping missiles for the Airforce Orions and Navy Seasprite helicopters.

This week's Transtasman newsletter is claiming the Government is considering purchasing the missiles.

"The 1997 defence white paper 'The Shape of New Zealand's Defence', and the 'Whineray Report' which I commissioned on the future needs of the airforce as Defence Minister, recommended the purchase of the Harpoon for the air force's Orions and an anti-ship missile for the navy's Seasprite helicopters.

Both the Harpoon and the Penguin missiles are 'stand-off' anti-ship missiles. The Orion will be able to fire the missile about 80-100km from a target, while the Penguin can be fired from naval helicopters about 20-30kms from a ship target.

"What is inexplicable is the Government's intention to purchase the missiles and convert the Orions to a strike aircraft, yet refuse to equip them with an anti-submarine detection capability.

"The logic of Helen Clark's argument leaves the Orions without a key 'eyes and ears' gap, yet equips the Orions to fight a warlike event.

"Helen Clark should explain why we won't need a submarine detection capability at the same time as we need to use the missiles. Or does she intend to only sink fishing boats with the missiles?

"If she thinks equipping the Orions with the Harpoon is sufficient to replace the maritime strike capability of the Skyhawks, then she will be making another serious mistake," Mr Bradford said.

"This is another example of Helen Clark's drip-feed defence policy. She isn't prepared to tell us about the whole policy, but is leaking parts of it to soften the blow to the air force and the navy when it comes in May," Mr Bradford said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news