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Polity: Herald on regional roads fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 2nd, 2014 - 13 comments
Categories: corruption, debt / deficit, Economy, national, same old national, transport - Tags: , ,

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Here is Adam Bennett in the Herald today:

Shaky case for $212m fast-tracked road plan

The National Government’s $212 million plan to fast-track regional road projects using asset sales cash is not backed by a strong economic case, documents released under the Official Information Act show.

Opposition MPs have labelled the projects a cynical bid to buy votes.

Vote Buying is a big charge in squeaky clean, anti-corruption New Zealand. So what is Minister Brownlee’s view? He must be horrified at the suggestion…

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said the Government believed the roads were worth doing despite the fact they had been “basically on the never never” in terms of the NZTA’s programme.

“They’re roads communities have identified through their MPs and through their correspondence with the Government, and yes they don’t fit inside the big plan and that’s why we’ve funded them separately, so if people want them, we’re there to deliver them. If they don’t want them, vote Labour.”

Holy shit. There you have it. Government Minister Gerry Brownlee explicitly admits massive pork-barreling for government MPs with public funds, and explicitly tells people to piss off if they don’t like it.

Arrogant, much?


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13 comments on “Polity: Herald on regional roads fiasco”

  1. disturbed 1

    Pork is Nat’s choice on their menu all right.

    Arrogance is the Nat’s forte and how they think now.

    It has been inbred into their consciousness.

    They present as a fascist Government on its way to history as the worst example NZ has experienced to date.

    This arrogance occurred with the end of all right wing Governments so no surprise there.

    These tarmac kings are in the truck industry pockets for sure here as all these roads are to benefit the road transport industry, who pay less than 46% of their true cost of road upkeep while private road users pay 67%.

    We never include the negative external cost of road transport into these IPENZ statistics yet in N.Z.

    External negative costs are included in all costs in many other counties.
    So in N.Z. now of course it is the private public taxpayer that will always wind up subsidising the mostly large overseas owned trucking companies shortfall in their cost of roading both State Highway and local road upkeep, when they move more freight off rail and onto roads.

    Ironically the Government own transport agencies both NZTA and more important the principal all transport agency advisory Ministry of Transport also strongly recommends moving more freight off roads and onto rail to lower cost and environmental impacts but in all studies produced for Government so far have been shelved by this despot Government crazed on building more expensive to maintain roads rather than relying on low cost maintenance and low use fuel rail instead.

    You now have an informed choice make come election day and send them on a train outa here.

  2. Jimc 2

    Is this all you have against the government.
    The people of northland might have a different view.
    Truley you are disturbed.

    • McFlock 2.1

      Thanks for your concern, but you obviously haven’t been watching the news.

      I agree that compared to things like the still ongoing novopay debacle, assuming airport security rules don’t apply to tories, and raiding newspaper offices during an election campaign, this might look minor.

      But even if this was “all we have” put up with for 5.5 years, it would still be a blatant case of arrogant curruption that any ethical person would resign over.

      If you think it’s acceptable, you might want to recalibrate your moral compass: it’s askew.

    • Nordy 2.2

      Of course it isn’t all.

      If you were actually interested you would have noticed the ‘depths’ to which this government has sunk in its pursuit of power and wealth for the few.

      It is always revealing to observe the excuses that are offered up for the stupidity of this government. Just because you might be able to find somebody to support a decision does make it even remotely OK to do it.

      You may not be familiar with the concept of standards or even objective criteria which are used to make important decisions, especially those involving public money. But they do exist and are used by thinking people who understand the importance of good governance in the public sphere.

      To excuse this government’s appalling and corrupt behaviour is to say its OK and even worse it would be also be OK if you and others did it to.

      To borrow a phrase from another area of public policy – it’s not OK.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      No, it’s not all: Still an honest man

      This government lies as a matter of course.

  3. disturbed 3

    Yes there is much more to chew over with this lot.

    Trouble is you Nat’s Jimc are blindly embracing selloff NZ part two.

    And if you are not worried, watch tonight’s news as your propaganda Minister Joyce is at it again spinning the story of “selling our country is good for us with all that money “investment” coming here”.

    Well if you aren’t worried, because your Joyce thinks we are o/k as we see our country sold off you are doing what your lying leader said he wouldn’t do.

    This as we head towards being “tenants in our own land” something your Key said “we don’t want to see that” when he gave the nod to this mob first buying Crafer now lochinvar, what next eh? Northland!
    What are you going to tell your grandson when its all gone.

  4. Philj 4

    So it’s double dirty from the Nats. Spend money on low returnroading projects and no money for worthy. high priority projects.I.e public transport, cycleways, railways etc. Truck lobbyist, Ken Shirley wins again. Public common good trashed again. Business as usual!

  5. Wayne 5

    Actually Gerry Brownlee simply said there is an election and as with good elections voters have choices. And the choices have implications.

    National is clear on its priorities. There is no secret here. If you vote National you get these projects. Voters will put that into the overall mix of the things they have to consider when they vote, just as they will for example with National’s high performance teacher plans and Labour’s more teacher plans. These are real choices.

    Since Labour and the Greens are so opposed to these roading projects, one would assume they would stop them.

    Surely this is a reasonable thing for voters to know when they make their decisions.

    • McFlock 5.1

      So National electorates get bridges with a negligible return on investmment, and Labour electorates lose government contracts like rail wagons and research centres.

      Personally, the fact that you guys think this is business as usual and don’t even hide it is as shocking as the corruption itself.

    • Foreign waka 5.2

      Are you willing to refund me my tax money if I disagree? This will then be a true commercial transaction. I don’t like being told to bugger off if I don’t like what is done with my money. Investment firm owners doing the same go to jail.

  6. Chooky 6

    Labour should axe the NACT’s roads which no one wants except John Key’s NACT banksters

    …. and take all the road money and put it into rescuing Christchurch …ie help the citizens retain their airport and harbour and other crucial long term revenue stream assets( keep these strategic assets in New Zealand and out of private bankster a blind trusts)…and keep the Christchurch rates low for the earthquake shaken citizens…it is the least the New Zealand government can do!

    …this would be a winner for everyone

  7. dave 7

    i have radical idea lets vote the bastards out 20th sept.

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