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


Govt Negligence Of Air Force Near Criminal

16 July 2002

The Government's negligence in not updating or replacing the nation's air transport fleet is close to criminal, says National Defence Spokesperson Richard Worth.

"The Government has a responsibility to ensure that our servicemen and women are operating with safe aircraft. Not to do so is negligent in the extreme.

"This month the air force transport squadron was grounded for two days because it had no serviceable aircraft available, we have heard of an Orion crew being checked out in hospital in Gibraltar after inhaling toxic fumes due to a wiring failure in the cockpit, and a Hercules being stranded in Canada because of an engine turbine problem.

"These things are happening because the Government is underesourcing our defence forces so badly.

"In a civilian situation there would be little doubt that on the evidence publicly available the Government could be held culpable in the event of a tragic accident in a non war-zone.

"The Minister of Defence is directly responsible for this sorry state of affairs. He doesn't understand New Zealand's defence needs and has allowed the Government to run down our air force to the point where we have our servicemen and woman operating on a shoestring budget.

"The Government has taken the number eight wire philosophy too far, but you won't hear Helen Clark talk about defence on the campaign because she knows New Zealanders resent her closing down our air combat wing," Mr Worth said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news