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


Skyhawk safety spin a mask

Max Bradford National Defence Spokesperson

28 May 2001

Skyhawk safety spin a mask

Yet another leak from the Prime Minister's office about supposed 'major structural flaws' in the air force Skyhawks is nothing more than Helen Clark trying to justify her decision to scrap the fleet, National's Defence spokesman Max Bradford said today.

It has been reported today that Helen Clark is calling for an inquiry into the Skyhawks after reports that one third of the fleet may need to be grounded for safety reasons. The same report says neither the air force or Defence Minister have confirmed the problem.

"Most New Zealanders don't agree with the Prime Minister's decision to scrap the Skyhawks and won't be taken in by the controlled leaks from the ninth floor of the Beehive.

"The aircraft are ageing but the professionalism in maintenance standards that the air force adheres to means they would never be allowed to fly unless they were in top condition.

"Although the Skyhawks are getting older they are amongst the best maintained in the world. This type of aircraft continues to be flown by other countries including Singapore, a number of South American countries, and Indonesia.

"Helen Clark should immediately release the reports on the recent Skyhawk crashes in Nowra and in the South Island as they will prove whether there is anything wrong with the aircraft.

"The real reason why the Beehive is spinning the story that the aircraft could be unsafe is to justify the Government's unpopular decision to scrap the Skyhawks," Mr Bradford said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>


Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>





InfoPages News Channels