Parliament

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

 

Which lines should close Mr Key?

2 July 2008

Which lines should close Mr Key?

John Key’s claims that public investment in rail infrastructure would not have been necessary if the government had not bought back the rail operation are absolutely wrong, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

Following yesterday’s transfer of New Zealand’s rail asset back into New Zealand hands, a grumpy John Key began attacking the government for committing to hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in track upgrades and urgent rolling stock purchases.

Without these investments a number of regional rail services would be under threat. Importantly, freight services out of Auckland are in urgent need of investment and will cease operation without new locomotives.

Dr Cullen has reminded Mr Key that Toll had made it clear it would not make these investments and expected the government to foot the bill for long-term rail capital spending if it wanted to keep services running.

“The first day of operation for KiwiRail was not a happy one for John Key,” Dr Cullen said. “He has been advised to hide any ideological opposition to public ownership of major assets, but he failed to do so yesterday.

“But he needs to be careful not to go too far in his criticism. The government was going to have to invest heavily to keep urban and provincial rail services running regardless of who owned the rail operation.

“Mr Key has moved beyond criticising the buyback to now opposing the investments needed to keep lines running.

“If he is opposed to these investments, Mr Key needs to front up to New Zealanders and tell them which services National wants to see closed down.

“He could start by confirming whether he wants to shut down freight services into Auckland where urgent investments are needed.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election