Friday, 22 April 2005
The Prime Minister announced today that in view of recent events in Auckland, a contingent of RAAF F/A-18A Fighters would be put at the disposal of the NZ government, should they wish to make use of them.
A team of technicians and support staff will also be sent.
The Prime Minister also confirmed the release of all NZ contingents back to their home country, including those of the NZ SAS, whose existence had not been officially confirmed.
The announcent caused some uproar within the press gallery, with criticism for "letting down Australia's defences" coming thick and fast.
The Prime Minister replied "You stand by your mates. They helped us in our time of need, we're just returning the favour."