Parliament

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

 

Govt Response To Defence Inquiry

Hon Max Bradford
Minister of Defence
MEDIA RELEASE
October 17th, 1999


Government Response to Foreign Affairs, Defence, Trade Committee Inquiry into Defence Beyond 2000


The Government response to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee's Defence Beyond 2000 report details how the select committee's narrow strategic view would leave New Zealand unable to meet our international responsibilities, Defence Minister Max Bradford says.

"The Government's response, which has been tabled in Parliament, highlights the majority report's excessive emphasis on land forces and downplaying of the need for a blue-water Navy and air strike capability.

"Security within the Asia-Pacific region is of prime importance to New Zealand. We are a maritime nation surrounded by vast distances that can only be protected by a strong and well-equipped Navy and Air Force.

"Opposition committee members ignore the fact that no matter how well equipped the Army may be, there will be occasions when it is simply not the right option," Mr Bradford said.

Mr Bradford said New Zealand's contribution to the international UN-sanctioned peacekeeping operation in East Timor was a powerful reminder of the shared responsibility of all politicians to provide the Defence Force with the resources needed to successfully carry out tasks it might be asked to do.

"The impact on Australia, our Pacific neighbours, members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements including Singapore and Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States, are central considerations in defining our defence position.

"A limited 'niche' force proposed in the Defence Beyond 2000 report would not allow us to meet wider commitments to neighbours and obligations to regional and global partners.

"In addition, the approach to joint operations described in the Defence Beyond 2000 report is based on a complete misunderstanding of joint operations.
"There is insufficient recognition of the important role of single services in training their individual forces as the basic building blocks of military capability.

"An affordable, balanced force structure enables New Zealand to deliver a realistic response to threats to our interests and those of our regional frends and partners," Mr Bradford said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election