Parliament

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

 

National out of step on defence - Braybrooke


National has isolated itself as the only major political party out of step with the Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee's report on the future of New Zealand's defence, says Labour defence spokesperson Geoff Braybrooke.

Mr Braybrooke was commenting on the select committee's report, tabled in Parliament today, on its inquiry into New Zealand's defence requirements beyond 2000. National MPs on the committee presented a minority report rejecting many of the majority conclusions, reportedly at the insistence of Defence Minister Max Bradford.

"The report maps out new priorities for our defence forces and offers the basis for a cross-party consensus on defence policy. It's just a pity National hasn't got the strategic vision to see that."

"The emphasis on strengthening our land forces and broadening their training for peacekeeping duties is plain good sense, and was strongly endorsed by the vast majority of the experts the Committee heard from in formulating the report. In stark contrast, the Government's unfortunate decision to lease second-hand F16 fighters when previously they insisted that the Skyhawks would be adequate until 2005, looked very poorly justified.

"The evidence heard by the Committee also left the arguments for buying more ANZAC frigates looking shaky. On the frigates question, Labour therefore reserves its position."

"Labour is committed to rebuilding our defence force in a form fit for the next century and the report points in the right directions. It's well past time for political consensus on defence strategy, but if National can't see where it's going it should get out of the way," Geoff Braybrooke says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages