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

 


Govt must pay attention to public over transport priorities

25 February 2013
Govt must pay attention to public over transport priorities

The National Government is completely out of step with public opinion when it comes to its transport priorities, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

According to a recent poll of 750 New Zealanders by UMR Research support for spending on public transport has almost doubled over the last 20 years.

“Over the next decade, the Government plans to spend less than five percent of new capital expenditure on public transport infrastructure, while wasting 75 percent of that spend ($12 billion) on low value motorways,” said Ms Genter.

“The public understands that New Zealand needs to shift spending away from redundant motorway projects - and catch up with the rest of the world with reliable, fast buses and trains.

"Demand for trains and buses is at record highs, while traffic volumes on state highways haven't increased for seven years.

"This is an opportunity to invest for the future, but the Government needs to change its priorities now, in order to meet the needs and preferences of the 21st century.

“Smart, green transport reduces our petrol bills, improves our health, and means more vibrant towns and cities that Kiwis want.

“Acting now will protect the New Zealand economy and the taxpayer from high oil prices and an unstable global economy,” Ms Genter said.

“The Government needs to get its head out of the 1950s and start listening to the public when it comes to public transport.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news