Parliament

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

 

More fuel taxes but less regional road investment

7 August 2018

More fuel taxes but less regional road investment

The Government needs to continue National’s record of investing in our transport network instead oftaxing New Zealanders more and driving our industries overseas, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says.

“Our transport sector is slowing down as Transport Minister Phil Twyford imposes new taxes while also cutting funding for new roading projects,” Mr Ross says.

“This is not only resulting in higher costs for New Zealanders but is also threatening the infrastructure pipeline for future projects.

“Industry leaders are already warning the Government that their cuts to funding will see our contractors and engineers looking for work elsewhere.

“On top of that, New Zealanders are set to pay an extra $1.24 billion in fuel taxes over the next three years, but they’re not going to see the investment that was promised and is needed in our regions.

“National had an ambitious $12 billion investment programme in our Roads of National Significance. National committed to continue this investment into our regions as part of our additional $10 billion next-generation of Roads of National Significance.

“Despite assurances, Labour has placed these projects under threat with the pre-existing Otaki to Levin project being placed under re-evaluation by NZTA because of Labour’s transport policies.

“We also know that projects National committed to in Northland, the Bay of Plenty, the Waikato, the Manawatu, Wellington and Canterbury are all being traded in so that Auckland can get a new tram-set.

“Regional New Zealand is paying more and missing out on investment for their communities to fund a half-planned and half-funded tram set.

“Instead of imposing taxes, cutting roading projects and driving our industries overseas, the Government should get on with ensuring our communities receive the projects that are desperately needed in our regions.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages