Auckland needs govt commitment to funding for city rail link
Rail electrification- Labour tick. City rail link
- National fail
Auckland needs the government to
commit to early funding for the city rail link to make
electrification of the rail line as effective as it can be,
says Labours Transport Spokesperson Darien
“Today’s act of switching on the
electrification at Britomart is a great milestone, but the
Government’s refusal to fund the city rail link until 2020
will hold back the development of our largest city and keep
"The Government turned up to
celebrate the electrification today, despite its opposition
at the time. However they remain out of touch with
Aucklanders and on the wrong side of public opinion on the
city rail link.
"The city rail link will enable the number
of trains to double, ease congestion and will put Auckland
on track for a world class transport system.
"It was a
Labour government that initiated the electrification and
double tracking of Auckland rail .It will take a Labour
government to get the city rail link
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>