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

 


Brash: cancel 105,000 operations to pay for roads

5 July 2005

Brash: cancel 105,000 operations to pay for roads

The true cost of National's roading policy has been spelt out by Don Brash – 40,000 hip operations and 65,000 cataract operations per year.

Brash spelt out what his plan to take money out of the Crown Account to spend on roads would cost in May last year in his Roading Now speech. In it he said:

"It is also worth remembering that $650 million is equivalent to about 4 cents in the dollar on the corporate tax rate or 40,000 hip operations and 65,000 cataract operations. There is no "free lunch."

"Don Brash has carefully costed and spelt out just who will pay for National's roading policy, right down to the last person to have their operation cancelled, " says Transport Minister Pete Hodgson. "This is the most blatant example yet of National's plans to slash and burn essential services such as health and education to pay for the party's policies."

Brash's comments last year are also backed by those made by National's Transport Spokesman and their last Minister of Transport, Maurice Williamson in his last speech to the AA in that role. On the question of diverting petrol tax out of the Crown Account and into roads he said:

"Unfortunately its not that simple. Because if we did that, then there would be a shortfall of $600 million in the amount available for health, education and the like. And that would have to be found from somewhere else."

"Don Brash has proved that he will not flinch from making savage cuts to essential services to pay for his promises," added Pete Hodgson. "But this is just one policy. He has many more worth billion of dollars that he will have costed in exactly the same way.

"Don Brash has proven yet again that National has not changed its way from its slash and burn approach to essential public services and the pain they caused in the 1990s. Don Brash has resurrected them with a vengeance proving that no public service is safe under a National government."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news