Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Contractors prepare for the worst with carbon tax

Media Release – For Immediate Release
4 May 2005

Contractors prepare for the worst with carbon tax

The New Zealand Contractors’ Federation is calling on the Government and other infrastructure funders to “get real” about infrastructure project costs on the back of rising fuel taxes and today’s announcement on carbon tax levels.

Federation chief executive Richard Michael said with recent fuel price hikes, the carbon tax, a skills shortage and funders trying to squeeze the contracting industry further around infrastructure costs, there was a real concern about the viability of future infrastructure projects.

The civil contracting industry provides and maintains the country's infrastructure of public services including energy, transport and telecommunications.

“The civil contracting industry is a vital part of building the infrastructure that we need for future economic growth,” Mr Michael said.

“The Government is signaling it wants to spend billions on infrastructure projects over the next few years to make sure we have the foundations for future economic growth. But to meet that demand, the civil contracting industry will have to spend about $200 million for every $1billion to be able to deliver on those projects,” Mr Michael said.

“This kind of investment, on top of rising fuel taxes and the carbon tax, is a huge burden for the industry to absorb without recognition and flexibility by funders,” Mr Michael said.

“If the Government and other funders choose to ignore these factors, there is the potential to perpetuate the boom and bust cycles that have plagued the industry over previous decades. New Zealand, now more than ever, needs a functioning civil contracting industry.

“Funders have got to get real about what it is paying for,” Mr Michael said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election