Max Bradford National Defence Spokesperson
25 October 2001
National supports SOS legal challenge
National supports the Save Our Squadrons Campaign legal challenge of the Government's decision to disband the air combat
force, National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said today.
"We disagree with the Government's defence policy announced in May and the passage of time, with the terrorist attacks
of September 11, proves that an air combat capability is a vital part of any country's defence force.
"The Government had no electoral mandate to axe the air force squadrons.
"It was churlish of the Government to withdraw that capability when it could have left it operating for another two
years as the Australians had wanted.
"We support the Campaign seeking an injunction to prevent the Government from disbanding the air force," Mr Bradford