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

 


Petrol tax increase backed

Media statement Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Petrol tax increase backed

The Employers and Manufacturers Association is backing the increase in the fuel excise tax over the next three years, as an important and efficient source of revenue for growing the economy.

"Raising the excise tax on fuel again is an important investment needed to fund New Zealand's infrastructure deficit," said Kim Campbell, EMA's chief executive.

"Rather than cynical the issue is more important than balancing the books within a given time frame," he said.

"New Zealand urgently needs to build better roads to lift our productivity and work life balance.

"Raising the funds required through the fuel tax is the most efficient method available as it simply costs less to collect in this way than any other.

"But it would be helpful if there were renewed assurances that all the funds raised will be hypothecated for investing solely in land transport infrastructure.

"Prior to the recession kicking in, regular increases in the fuel excise tax at about three cents a year were introduced in 2009 and generally accepted as necessary to accelerate road building. The increase was not implemented last year, though there has been the expectation it would be re-installed when conditions allowed.

"The additional infrastructure able to be funded like this represents an investment in the country's future growth so everyone stands to benefit."


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news