Gerry Brownlee appears to have been caught making shit up.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is being accused of making up plans on the spot to sell two of the Navy’s disused inshore patrol vessels.
He made the comments last month when Newshub probed him over why HMNZS Taupo and HMNZS Pukaki has not been to sea in years.
At the time he said they were surplus to requirements, will be sold under his watch, and should never have been purchased in the first place.
But while Mr Brownlee was announcing the sell-off publicly, there is nothing official showing he’s told the Finance Minister about the plans so it’s included in the upcoming Budget.
In a written Parliamentary question to Bill English, New Zealand First asked for all correspondence presented by Mr Brownlee for his defence Budget allocation, specifically on the disposal of HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki.
Mr English replied: “I have not received any correspondence on this matter”.