Hapless Burton Must Explain Failure
Hapless Burton Must Explain Failure to Use Mobile
Hospitals in Bali
ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide
said today the Defence Minister must explain why New
Zealand's mobile field hospital units have not been used
in Bali to help terror attack victims.
"The New Zealand
Government spent millions of taxpayer dollars buying
these units that fit inside a 20-foot container so they are
able to be transported by a Hercules C130. We have just
sent a C130 to the region, but the units weren't
"In fact, the mobile field hospitals have never
been used. They are mothballed in storage at Linton,
treated as white elephants.
"Now that we have a
situation in our very own region where surely they could
be put to great humanitarian use, Defence Minister Mark
Burton must explain what's wrong with these units, and
why his Government won't use them," Mr Hide said.
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