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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


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