Parliament

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

 

Defence Budget Trimmed After Expensive Seminar

Hon Max Bradford
Minister of Defence

MEDIA RELEASE
11 August 1999


DEFENCE PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT BUDGET TRIMMED AFTER EXPENSIVE SEMINAR ATTENDANCE


Defence Minister Max Bradford announced today that the Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal Carey Adamson, had advised him with regret that 60 Defence Force staff attended a Masters of Business seminar in Auckland on May 22nd at a total cost of $39,447.

"It is my understanding that the decisions to send the defence staff were made within the formal delegations that existed at that time, and that because the delegations were devolved, Defence Force chiefs did not know the extent of the attendance," Mr Bradford said.

"I have expressed in the strongest possible terms the Government's deep displeasure at both the expenditure and how this could have happened.

"While attendance by a few senior officers would have been justified, given the address of US General Norman Schwarzkopf , other quality speakers and the seminar's focus on good quality management, the number who attended was clearly unacceptable," Mr Bradford said.

"Air Marshal Adamson has advised me that following discovery of the size of the Defence Force attendance, he has since instituted procedures to ensure such an oversight does not happen again.

"Most importantly, he has undertaken to ensure that senior staff responsible for spending taxpayers' dollars do so with the clear knowledge that they are spending money on behalf of the people of New Zealand.

"Following the attendance at the seminar, I have concluded that the personnel development part of the Defence Budget can function with a lower level of baseline funding.

"I have therefore advised Air Marshal Adamson that for the next two years funding for this part of the budget will be cut by $100,000 a year," Mr Bradford said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

ALSO:

Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels