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Front Up, Chris

Front Up, Chris

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Local Government Spokesman Ken Shirley has challenged Local Government Minister Chris Carter to answer the questions put to him in Parliament today.

"The Minister was asked whether he considered it fair that Auckland Regional Council ratepayers were facing average property tax increases of over 30 percent, with some facing increases of several 100 percent to pay for public transport services they never use," Mr Shirley said.

"Mr Carter was then asked `in the event that he consider it fair to explain to Parliament why and if he didn't consider these increases fair, to advise what he intended to do about the issue'.

"He steadfastly refused to address these questions, choosing instead to engage in meaningless obfuscation and incomprehensible babble.

"Auckland ratepayers deserve better. If Mr Carter considers this rate hike fair, then - as Local Government Minister - he has an obligation to explain why.

"Conversely, if he agrees that it is unfair, then he is obliged to address this inequitable issue of taxing properties to fund unrelated public transport services," Mr Shirley said.

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