Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


What a difference a decade makes

What a difference a decade makes

"What a difference a decade makes. Today we have a centre-left coalition government that is ready to meet its responsibilities to the regions of New Zealand,” said Matt Robson MP

“The Government's decision on Friday to reinvest in rail and to repurchase of the track for $1, the amount it was sold for a decade ago, is a great decision.

"In 1993, we had a National Party Cabinet determined to sell New Zealand to any old overseas bidder regardless of the economic and social consequences.

"A decade ago we had at the Cabinet table the intellectual elite of the current National Party - including one of its candidates for Leader - the Hon. Dr. Lockwood Smith, the Hon. Murray McCully, and the Associate Transport Minister of the day, Maurice Williamson, who were hell bent on selling the public railway system.

"Now the taxpayers of the country have to pick up the tab for their policy errors. The mismanagement of the sale of NZ Rail was enormous and heads should roll over on that side of the House.

"The Ministers responsible for the rail decision, including Progressive Leader Jim Anderton, understand that regions need strong transport networks and the continued presence of rail is vital to assist regional growth and development.

"Ensuring that transport solutions involving rail can be applied to Northland and the East Coast to cope with the upcoming wall of wood. It will protect the ability for coal mined on the West Coast to be exported, and to be shipped to the North Island for electricity generation.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages