Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Air Defence Squadrons Supported

PRESS RELEASE: 1 October 2001
Air Defence Squadrons Supported

A recently released Colmar Brunton Poll shows that 73% of New Zealand voters are against disbanding the country’s air combat force. More than half of New Zealanders regard party policies on air combat capability as either very important or quite important in how they will vote at next year’s general election.

The Save Our Squadrons Campaign, which commissioned the Poll, argues that the Government needs to urgently review its defence policy under a full public consultative framework. Campaign spokesperson, Vern Curtis, says that pending the outcome of that review, the Government should immediately suspend its decision to disband the country’s entire air defence force.

“The first 300 redundancy notices are due to go out to air force personnel on October 8th. It is not too late for the Government to avoid making a colossal mistake. After the events of September 11th there is no shame in the Government changing its mind; in fact it is under a duty to review its position and act accordingly.”

Mr Curtis said the Campaign’s print media ads had resulted in the supporters group mushrooming from 10 ordinary New Zealanders to over 4000 in just 2 weeks.

“In the first few days we were totally overwhelmed with letters and cheques. In the first week we collected in over $22,000, all of which has gone back into advertising. One message which just kept repeating itself was: Thank god someone is finally doing something about this. Tell us what we can do to help.”

“The Government needs to respect the will of the people. The people (and this includes the opposition parties) need to let the Government change its mind on this issue without losing face politically. Our Campaign is not at this stage, about changing the Government. It is about changing the Government’s mind on an issue which may have serious consequences for future generations.”

“We have worked day and night over the past week to put together a website (www.soscampaign.co.nz) which sets out our arguments in a thoroughly researched and objective manner. Hopefully people will take a lead from what we are saying and stand up and be counted on this issue before it is too late. We have just weeks to avoid what in practicality will be an irreversible decision,” said Mr Curtis.

Contact details for further information:

Mrs Nicky Stockman
Secretary
Save Our Squadrons Campaign

soscampaign@xtra.co.nz
Phone/Fax (09) 377-1660

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>

 

Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>

ALSO:

Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>

ALSO:

Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>

ALSO:

Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>

ALSO:

Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>

ALSO:

"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>

ALSO:


SPECIAL GUNS FOR FOREIGN SECURITY:


MORE ARMED POLICE:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels