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

 

Toll Roads Rip-off

News Release from The Republic of New Zealand Party

Sunday 14 October 2006-10-15

For Immediate Release


Toll Roads Rip-off

The Republic of New Zealand Party (The Republicans) has called on New Zealanders to rise in protest against plans to charge tolls on new roads.

“This is nothing more than theft from the taxpayers,” says Wayne Hawkins, Deputy Leader of the Republicans

He referred to the recent increase in petrol tax of 5 cents a litre which brought tax for roads on a litre of petrol up to 41.2 cents.

“We were told the increase was to pay for new roads, so what’s happened to that?”

He said taxpayers have been paying for roads for decades through taxes on petrol, but the money has been put into the consolidated fund rather than used on roads.

“So here we go again, we the taxpayers are going to have to carry the can for their corruption, bad management and misappropriation of the taxes they’ve collected from us.”

He said the message that should be sent to Wellington is clear..

“You raise money for roads either by taxing petrol or imposing tolls, but you can’t have both.”

Mr Hawkins said the Republicans would ensure that all monies collected for roads were spent on roads.

“It’s a simple proposition. If you collect taxes for a specific purpose, you use them for that purpose. We are happy to be accountable for that.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Panic In The Pacific Over China


For years, it has been no secret that China wants closer security and trade ties with the small nations of the Pacific region. All part of Beijing’s self-image as a global superpower. To that end this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an unprecedented 10-day tour of the Pacific, aimed at convincing his Pacific hosts to join a cross-Pacific agreement that would let Beijing provide them with high-level police training and security, shared data co-operation and other joint services ranging from agriculture to tourism...
More>>



 
 

Covid-19: Second Vaccine Booster For The Most Vulnerable
People who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon be eligible to receive a second booster, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>


PM Speech: Harvard University Commencement Speech - Democracy, Disinformation And Kindness

In Te Reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, I paid tribute to all of the esteemed guests who stand here in this great forest of knowledge. It is a privilege to be here, and I thank you for the honour... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>


Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels