If Gerry Brownlee thought the trickle of leaks in Defence was bad, wait until the troops find out what he has been saying about the Defence Force.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is less than impressed with the advice provided to him by his ministry and the defence force, giving them barely pass marks.
Mr Brownlee rated his satisfaction with the advice he received from both agencies at just 50 per cent, according to their latest annual reports.
The target is at least 90 per cent.
Vice-Chief of the Defence Force Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short told parliament’s foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee Mr Brownlee had problems with the quality and timeliness of the advice he was receiving.
When Mr Brownlee took over the defence portfolio from his predecessor Jonathan Coleman, the defence force had to change the way it did things, Mr Short said.
“We were just dealing with Minister Brownlee as we had before, it’s not his style so we hadn’t adapted to that,” Mr Short told reporters after his appearance before the select committee. Read more »