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

 


Empty Promises From English

12 June 2002

National's Defence policy demonstrates that Bill English has already accepted election defeat, Defence Minister Mark Burton said.

"Mr English has raised the white flag and abandoned any attempt at credible defence policies. National's defence policy is precisely the sort of policy you release when you know you will never have to deliver on the promises it contains. It's a small party policy.

"National's policy is a mix of promises to do things they failed to do during nine years in government, and promises to do things the Labour-led government has already done! And the party that wants to cut taxes is promising yet another unaffordable spend-up, without any explanation of where the money would come from.

"Mr English is apparently committed to restoring the air combat force - which could cost up to $3 billion in equipment, training, infrastructure and operating costs.

"He wants a third frigate. And yet he was in the government that cancelled the third ANZAC frigate – with nothing done to consider the alternatives.

"Through a series of reviews, we identified various gaps in the Navy’s ability to meet national maritime patrol requirements. The new multi-purpose naval vessels being acquired will give us a practical Naval fleet matched to New Zealand’s wider security needs.

"As the Chief of Naval Staff has noted, these new vessels will free up the two ANZAC frigates and allow them to be used for the tasks for which they are suited. A third frigate is not required.

"Defence force personnel will not be fooled by National's promise of a review of pay and benefits. Such reviews have been promised in the past and come to nothing. In contrast, the Labour-led government has given cash injections two years in a row, with more budgeted for next year, to fund significant pay and allowance increases."

Mark Burton said a full Defence Review as proposed by Mr English is simply not needed.

"There was extensive consultation before the defence select committee released its Beyond 2000 report in 1999. We have built on that work through the Defence Policy Framework of June 2000, the Defence Capability Statement of May 2001, and the Long Term Development Plan released yesterday.

"Taken together, these three key strategic and operational documents, and the improved pay and conditions for service personnel, show how this government is building a modern, focused, professional Defence Force, with the necessary military capabilities and trained personnel, across all three Services.

"The Labour-led government is getting on with the rebuilding of a modern New Zealand Defence Force. In sorry contrast, the policy announced by Mr English is an unfocused, ill-thought out hot-potch of empty promises. No wonder David Dickens walked out after just a week."

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news