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

 


Mayor needs to deliver on his referendum over tolls roads

Mayor needs to deliver on his referendum over tolls roads

Eighteen months ago Auckland Mayor Len Brown promoted a public referendum over the council’s preferred option to address Auckland’s $12 billion transport funding gap. With the Consensus Building Group set to release a discussion document tomorrow on its proposed additional funding options, the Mayor should recommit to his idea of a referendum following public consultation and the council adopting a position, says Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer.

On 18 October 2011 when the Mayor was talking up the concept of tolling Auckland’s existing motorway network he stated on National Radio that ‘if we had a referendum, then I think that would really clarify things and give a pretty strong mandate over and above the mandate that I already as leader of the city’.

Mr Brewer says following public consultation on the CBG’s discussion document over the next two months and then the CBG’s final recommendation to the council in July, the Mayor should then put any specific funding proposal to the people via a referendum and preferably as part of the postal ballot at this year’s local body elections.

“The Mayor is very keen on the prospect of road pricing in the form of network tolling or congestion charging and believes the public is about ‘about 50-50’ over the idea of paying every time they get on Auckland’s motorway network or pass through a cordon. Well 50-50 is not the strong mandate he is after so once the council endorses a final recommendation in July, the Mayor needs to then deliver on his referendum.”

Mr Brewer believes the Mayor has now backed off his referendum because he is worried about its result following growing public distaste for the likes of tolling the existing motorway network, with the council now only promising ‘separate formal consultation with Aucklanders on any specific proposal to introduce a new form of funding for Auckland’s transport system.’

“Len Brown loves the idea of charging a few dollars every time drivers get on the motorway or pass through a cordon but he knows Aucklanders don’t. He’s now trying to push it through without too much fuss but this could be a major cost imposition on households so it’s definitely worthy of a vote.”

Eighteen months ago the Mayor told an Auckland business lunch that ‘strong community buy-in for tolls in a referendum at the 2013 local body elections would strengthen the case with whoever was in Government’ with commentators at the time commending the Mayor for showing the courage of his convictions and putting his funding solution up for popular vote.

“Well the Mayor now needs to recommit to his own idea of a referendum to give the wider public some confidence that they will be asked and listened to on how to fund Auckland’s future transport projects,” says Mr Brewer.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news