Parliament

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

 

Poll Shows Most New Zealanders Want Air Force

Saturday, September 29 2001

A poll showing 73 percent of New Zealanders don't want the air combat force disbanded, represents a huge shift in public opinion, ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

The Colmar Brunton poll also found 57 percent of New Zealanders believe a political party's policy on an air combat capability will important in deciding their vote at the next election.

"ACT's defence experts advise that the decision to sell the Aermacchi trainers is particularly foolhardy," Mr Prebble said.

"ACT believes the government should take notice of the poll, and the changed security situation, and the fact that they will receive very little money for either the Skyhawks or the Aermacchis.

"The trainers have little resale value but are still relatively modern. They give the air force the ability to keep together a core of pilots and, just as importantly, the highly professional technicians needed for an air combat wing.

"The government ought to reconsider their assumption that we live in a benign security environment. If the government does away with the air trainers it could take a decade and large sums of money to recreate the air force capability that successive governments have built up.

"If Helen Clark won't make the decision for sound defence reasons, perhaps this poll may motivate the government to reconsider it defence strategy," Mr Prebble said.

ENDS


© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels