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Damning report sparks inquiry call

Hon Murray McCully National Party State Services Spokesman

30 August 2005

Damning report sparks inquiry call

National's State Services spokesman, Murray McCully, is calling for a select committee inquiry into the botched procurement process for the Navy's new Project Protector vessels, following a damning Ombudsmen's report released today.

"What we have seen in this report is a systemic failure in the procurement process," says Mr McCully.

"Following similar failures in other major purchases such as the LAVs, it is clear something is going terribly wrong. A select committee inquiry is vital if we are to sort out the mess within the Ministry of Defence.

"The Ombudsmen's report paints a picture of incompetence and unprofessional behaviour on the part of officials. Unless we do something to restore confidence in the Ministry, we will see a reluctance from manufacturers to tender for New Zealand defence contracts in the future.

"This is a Ministry that has failed one too many times, and it is undermining our credibility in the defence manufacturing world. It's time we took action and established just why things are so rotten," says Mr McCully.

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