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

 


Clark: New transport vision for the new Millenium

Labour 2000 web siteLabour Leader Helen Clark said today that Labour will take New Zealand's transport system in a new direction in the 21st century. She said Labour will improve road safety and guarantee that New Zealand's roads remain publicly owned and managed.

"Labour sees transport as a public good. The health of the economy and society in general depend on a safe and efficient system for the transport of people and goods. That means ending the National Party's drive to corporatise and privatise our roading system.

"Such proposals threaten the maintenance and retention of the existing nation-wide roading network. They would remove accountability for roading away from the elected representatives of communities to unelected appointees running roads for profit. We completely oppose these moves.

A new nation-wide Transport Strategy
"Labour's nation-wide transport strategy will be practical and will aim at achieving co-operation within the sector. Investment in transport must be made in the public interest and should take priority over short-sighted moves like tax cuts.

Ministry of Transport
"It is a decade since responsibilities were devolved from the Ministry of Transport to more than a dozen satellite authorities, including Transit New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Maritime Safety Authority. It is time that these satellite authorities were reviewed to ensure that they are operating effectively and accountably.

Roading
"Labour is committed to maintaining and building on our roading infrastructure and will place high priority on increasing funding for roading projects. This will particularly go to reducing 'black spots' and increasing the number of passing lanes.

"We favour roading management continuing to lie with bodies which are accountable to local communities. We are prepared to work with local government on regional clustering. This could include the devolution of state highway management to regional clusters under a national strategy. This has already been tested and found to be of real benefit in the Rotorua region, and could lead to significant efficiencies.

"Labour will consider arrangements which could speed up the investment in alternative routes. One option is to permit developers to build roads on a build, operate, toll and transfer basis. Such arrangements would made be on the basis that the roads would transfer back to public ownership on a contracted time scale. A non-tolled alternative road in public ownership would need to be maintained to a satisfactory standard.

Public transport
"Labour will be backing the development of a much stronger public transport infrastructure in our cities. We will invest in public transport, recognising the social, economic and environmental spin-offs of such an approach.

"For cities like Auckland, which daily experience gridlock, the benefits of improved public transport will be immense. The travelling public and commercial traffic need to be able to pass through metropolitan areas more quickly.

"Auckland's congestion is a significant and growing constraint on the economy. A high proportion of New Zealand's import and export trade goes through Auckland's ports and airports. That makes Auckland's traffic congestion an issue of national and not just regional significance. The New Zealand economy will benefit from quicker, and therefore cheaper, transport around the Auckland isthmus," Helen Clark said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news