YOUNG NATIONALS MEDIA RELEASE
24 MARCH 2000
Balanced defence only option - Young Nats
A clear message was sent to the Clark Government by delegates at the Young Nationals Policy Conference today - that a
balanced defence force is the only option for a New Zealand committed to its ANZAC and international obligations.
Following a strong speech from New Zealand National Party Leader Jenny Shipley, which focused on defence as a key issue,
a remit supporting the development of a combined and balanced defence force was unanimously passed.
Speaking at the conclusion of the debate, Policy Chair Grant Tyrrell said; "It is crucial that New Zealand ensures they
have a credible and balanced defence force. New Zealand is a partner in the ANZAC relationship and as such must pull its
weight. Situations such as East Timor clearly show the fallacy behind a 'specialist force.'
'With the welching of the F-16 contract by Helen Clark, it is now vital that the rot is halted. New Zealand can not
afford any further degradation to its defence forces', Grant Tyrrell concluded.
For further information: Grant Tyrrell 021 669 739