Parliament

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

 

The Proof Is In The Pudding, Labour


The Proof Is In The Pudding, Labour

It is time Labour stopped waffling about its governing abilities and actually showed some leadership, by doing something that successive governments have failed to do for decades - build Transmission Gully, ACT New Zealand Wellington-based MP Heather Roy said today.

"Transmission Gully has been discussed as far back as the end of World War II when, according to local sources, the US volunteered to build it for us. We declined their offer - to our own detriment," Mrs Roy said.

"It was recently rammed home to us just how vulnerable we are. One weekend of wind and rain, and we were cut off from the rest of the country. This is completely unacceptable, but worse was still to come.

"Prime Minister Helen Clark dismissed calls to build Transmission Gully, saying such decisions would not be made on the back of one event. One is all it takes - experts predict a major earthquake will hit within the next 50 years, and Wellington must be prepared.

"Ms Clark's plan of waiting until after the event is extremely short-sighted. Transmission Gully must be part of an overall strategic plan to ensure that Wellington has a lifeline to outside aid should disaster strike.

"Labour constantly tells us what a competent government it is - Ms Clark is a `victim' of her `own success', and Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey has led a life of `blameless excellence'. We all know, however, that the proof is in the pudding.

"Wellington has needed Transmission Gully for almost 60 years. It is time for this Government, and self-proclaimed Transmission Gully champion United Future Leader Peter Dunne, to put its money where its mouth is.

"My own canvassing of Ohariu-Belmont residents has found that two-thirds would support the construction of Transmission Gully - even if it were a toll road. Add to this Labour's $5 billion surplus, and we have a government in a perfect position to build this highway. The time for talk is over, we need Transmission Gully now," Mrs Roy said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>

 

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:

Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels