Verified Defense Pro
I have read that article and others. Enough to put a sailor off his rum. However Defence has been funded at twice the current rate when the county was in far worse economic conditions, such as during the 1970s and 1980s. The GDP figures were released this morning and they aren't the best, but they aren't the worst either.Hate to say it but if you follow this link you'll see why no NZ Govt of any colour is going to throw much $$$ at the NZDF over the next 10-15 years!
Those looking for a new job may find it tough for a few years yet.www.stuff.co.nz
I'd expect as yet uncommitted projects on the $20Bn plan will be cancelled, deferred, or dumbed right down... we shouldn't kid ourselves otherwise. I'd also say that as it seems increasingly likely NZFirst will be in Govt after the election, COVID will unashamedly be the catalyst to rip up the $20Bn plan. The recent disclosures around China's 'activities' will have diddly-squat impact.