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

 


No Accountability For Government Botch-Up

Phil

GOFF

Acting Defence Spokesperson

31 January 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

No Accountability For Government Botch-Up

Despite a damning Auditor-General’s report no one is being held accountable for the botched changes which have badly damaged the Defence Force, Labour’s acting Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff, says.

“Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman refuses to take responsibility for changes which left the Defence Force with the lowest morale and the highest rates of attrition in the history of the Force.

“When he boasts about attrition falling to 17.7 per cent, more than double the rate in 2009 and four times that of the Police Force, it shows you just how out of touch he is.

“The fact is that by demanding the $400 million in annual savings, the Government forced the Defence Force to take ill-thought out actions which have caused unnecessary damage.

“The Chief of the Defence Force himself admitted that an attrition rate of 22.6 per cent in the Navy was ‘unsustainable’.

“It is not ‘old news’ or ‘history’ as Jonathan Coleman pretends. The damage is continuing and will take years to recover from. Many of those who have left were highly skilled and experienced, and cannot be immediately replaced.

“Brand new patrol vessels are being left tied up at the wharf because there is a shortage of skilled crews to take them to sea.

“Mr Coleman has his head in the clouds if he believes morale in the force is fine. Last year 40 per cent indicated an intention to leave, according to the documents supplied to the Defence Select Committee.

“With no pay rise for four-and-a-half years, arbitrary dismissal notices, rents which have been massively increased and a lack of respect and reciprocal loyalty shown to Defence Force people, it’s no wonder they have been leaving in droves,” Phil Goff said.

labour.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news