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

 


Labour’s latest dead end street

Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Transport

15 April 2014

Labour’s latest dead end street

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says today’s Labour policy announcements of cutting revenue currently being invested in safer, more productive transport infrastructure should worry the public on a number of levels.

“Putting to one side the barmy proposal of banning trucks from the right hand lane, what this signals is Labour, hand in hand with the Greens, would be appalling economic managers in government.

“This government has delivered jobs, saved lives, and improved economic competitiveness by investing heavily in bringing our transport networks up to the standard we should all expect of a country reliant on material exports for much of its wellbeing.

“And more investment is coming, with a further $10.2 billion already budgeted over the next three years.

“Labour on the other hand, having ignored the parlous state of this infrastructure for much of its nine years in government, is signalling that again New Zealand’s roading network would go on the back burner.

“Road User Charges for each vehicle class reflect the damage they do to the roads over time, and the revenue collected goes into maintaining roads and building new ones. Changes to those charges get made from time to time based on updated and refined information, not on the hoof as Labour appears to have done today.

“Also, in some cases, such as with large caravans, ACC is collected within Road User Charges.

“But Labour would axe that, despite the government only just getting ACC’s books back in shape after they blew out under Labour.

“When you cut a levy from somewhere you have to pay for it from somewhere else, and this policy asks some motorists to subsidise others who choose to use trailers and caravans.

“What’s clear is Labour and the Greens would bring much needed roading investment to a halt, despite the National Freight Demand Study I released last month showing New Zealand’s freight task is projected to increase by around 50 per cent over the next 30 years.

“This includes increases in the Auckland and Canterbury regions of 78 per cent and 73 per cent respectively – so what does Labour’s policy say to the workers, commuters and exporters of those regions?

“Quite simply it signals transport productivity would plateau and then rapidly decline under Labour – the freight demand couldn’t adequately be met through stalled investment.

“And the same thing would occur with road safety, as Labour would spend less money on maintaining and improving the transport networks most of us rely on every day.

“David Cunliffe’s announcements today do a lot to differentiate National as a sensible, pro-growth manager of the economy from the anti-growth hard left bloc of Labour, the Green Party and Mana,” Mr Brownlee says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news