Petrol tax hike for roads will backfire on government
Petrol tax hike for roads will backfire on government,
The announcement that an extra 9 cents
excise tax on petrol will be to pay for the government’s
Roads of National Significance will badly backfire on them,
according to the New Economics Party.
Phil Stevens said that if an excise tax is tagged then it
should be tagged for rail rather than roads, because road
transport is not the future. He said ‘While it is
important to put a correct price on fossil fuels to
discourage their use, the public will know in their bones
that the future isn’t expressways for more trucks. The
future is rail and alternative transport fuels.’
‘When the Minister justified this hike by saying the
CPI figure was the lowest for 13 years, noone is going to
believe him. In fact our inflation figure is a not valid. It
is artificially low because since 1999 the cost of land has
been taken out of the CPI. Everyone knows that as land goes
up, property prices rise and that means households pay more
for their rents and mortgages. They know the real figure for
inflation is much higher. Ask anyone with a mortgage where
their household money goes,” he said.
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