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


National welcomes support for roading policies

Hon Maurice Williamson MP

National Party Transport Spokesman

17 February 2006

National welcomes support for roading policies

"Imitation is said to be the most sincere form of flattery," says National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson in the wake of comments by the chairman of the annual summit on Land Transport in Auckland.

"Bryan Gundersen has made a series of demands about what's needed to fix New Zealand's infrastructure crisis. I'm delighted to report that he has accepted nearly all of National's policies."

Mr Williamson says it's clear Mr Gundersen supports National's policies in this area even though he clearly didn't follow the policies during the election campaign.

"To claim that National baulked at further action is absolutely absurd.

"National didn't baulk. We made it clear National would move all the petrol tax over to the road fund instead of stealing half of it for general spending. That would result in a huge ongoing increase of spending on roads."

Mr Gundersen also backs National's position on the appointment of a Minister of Infrastructure

"National led the charge during the election campaign for a Minister of Infrastructure to co-ordinate all the public agencies and oversee the much-needed construction programme."

Mr Gundersen supports a change in legislation that 'restricts private sector funding across all major infrastructure projects'.

"National's policy was to do just that.

"We're delighted that Mr Gundersen has offered his support to National's formula for solving this crisis and we look forward to his help in getting Labour to see some sense," says Mr Williamson


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election