Parliament

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

 

Piecemeal, drip-feed road funding not sound policy

Maurice Williamson National Party Transport Spokesman

3 August 2005

Piecemeal, drip-feed road funding not sound policy

Labour's announcement of $150 million extra over the next 10 years for Bay of Plenty roads is a piecemeal, drip-feed way to fund roading and not sound policy, says National's Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson.

He says he is pleased to see that Labour agrees with National that considerably more money needs to be spent on roads. "But one-off announcements of largesse are not the way to fund roading," says Mr Williamson. "National's policy of spending all the petrol excise tax on roads will mean two things:

* More money will be available for roading under National than under Labour, even after taking into account Labour's recent one-off add-ons.
* Having all the petrol tax going towards roading will allow certainty of funding for the future and allow contractors to build up their capabilities with confidence.

"Labour's on-again off-again approach to road funding doesn't do any of that. "This latest announcement, together with previous one-offs for Auckland and Wellington, is nothing more than political panic.

"No doubt a Waikato package will be announced soon. I wouldn't be surprised if the much needed Waikato Expressway can now be funded by the Government within 10 years," says Mr Williamson.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election