Parliament

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

 

National planning for private charge road tolls

National planning to let private companies charge road tolls

Jim Anderton MP Fri Sep 3 1999

Jim Anderton
MP The Alliance says the Government is planning to let private companies take over new roads, and New Zealanders will have to pay tolls to overseas owned companies in order to drive on them.

Alliance leader Jim Anderton says the Government's intentions are signalled in a speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce this morning by Treasurer Bill English. The Treasurer outlined the Government's intention to change the method of funding roads 'from a cash system to an investment system. That means we can look at long-term financing, including borrowing.' Mr English added that the 'toolkit' for the proposal was the Government's draft roading legislation.

Jim Anderton said Mr English was speaking in code.

'When Mr English says he intends to look at borrowing to build roads, he either means that the Government is going to run fiscal deficits to pay for them, or else he means a form of closet privatisation.

'When the statement is combined with the structure of the draft roading legislation, the hidden intention is clear.

'The Government will let overseas-owned companies build roads and put tolls on them, through which the public has to pay to use the roads for three decades. The proposal amounts to a kind of leasing arrangement, where we pay through the nose for basic infrastructure.

'If the Government puts its effort into privatising roads, then there will be little room left for the urgent improvement and maintenance of publicly-owned roads.

This will be a particular problem for roads in rural and provincial New Zealand which are already in a state of disrepair in many places,' Jim Anderton said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels