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


Petrol price goes up, Govt buries head deeper

15 December 2010

Petrol price goes up, Govt buries head deeper

The $2-a-litre petrol price barrier has been broken and shows more than ever the Government needs to plan for a future of high oil prices, said the Green Party today.

“It is irresponsible for the Government to borrow billions to build motorways without even considering the effect of high oil prices,” said Green Party Transport spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“The New Zealand Transport Agency has its head in the sand, using transport models based on past trends of cheap oil prices, which we know are over.”

In response to Written Questions, Transport Minister Steven Joyce stated that this Government had not conducted any research into the effect of high oil prices on travel patterns.

Mr Joyce also admitted that no explicit analysis has been undertaken of the risk of oil shocks within the business cases for the Roads of National Significance, new motorway projects that will cost at least $11 billion over the next 10 years.

A Parliamentary Library report entitled The Next Oil Shock found that ‘as a country that is reliant on oil imports and heavily dependent on cheap oil for its major sources of income, New Zealand is highly exposed to oil shocks’.

“The Government is ignoring its own advice from 2008, which predicted volatile oil prices increasing over time, and a resulting rise in demand for buses, trains, walking and cycling.

“The last time petrol was $2 a litre, New Zealanders switched to public transport.

“More than ever, the Government needs prepare for an influx of train passengers and invest in transport solutions like the Auckland CBD Rail Loop and the Wellington inner city light rail project.”

Research from Colmar Brunton in August found 72% of New Zealanders think the Government should prepare now for future oil price rises by investing in alternative fuels and in public transport.

“The $11 billion they are spending on motorways is $11 billion we won't have to invest in our rail network and bus services, which are already bursting at the seams due to high demand,” said Mr Hughes.

Link to Written Questions:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Cancel Culture And The ‘hate Speech’ Laws

If there really is anyone out there who feels genuinely panicked about what ‘cancel culture' is doing to our precious freedoms, then maybe they should just take a deep breath, look hard at who has allegedly been ‘ cancelled’ and see if they can detect any trace of a lasting “cancellation“ effect. Chances are, the alleged cancellees will be doing just fine. By and large, they will be people who do not lack for a public platform – never have, never will – and the downstream effects of being “ cancelled” will almost invariably be trending towards zero... More>>


Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

KiwiSaver: Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More>>


Government: Hundreds Of New Electric Cars For State Sector

Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>





InfoPages News Channels