Another Labour smear campaign: “Sources suggest”

Sources suggest National is considering a secret fuel tax to fund its controversial Roads of National Significance (RONS) programme, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood.

“While the Government keeps up its stream of lies about Labour’s tax policy, sources indicate that the Ministry of Transport has been conducting secret modelling work on a 5-10 cent nationwide fuel tax increase to fund National’s $10.5 billion RONS programme.

“This would come on top of the 15 cent per litre increase on fuel taxes that National has already implemented to fund the previous RONS programme.

“Steven Joyce has got to come clean on whether he is modelling a 5-10 cent fuel tax for Kiwi drivers. I am asking him three simple questions:

1) Has the Ministry of Transport been modelling an increase in fuel excise duty above current levels?

2) Is the purpose of such an increase to fund the $10.5 billion RONS 2.0 programme?

3) If a fuel excise duty increase to fund the RONS programme is required, will he be transparent about this before the election?

“The difference is stark. National has an obsession with fiscally reckless motorway projects. They will spend up large but make transport worse.

“Labour has a fully costed and transparent transport plan that will get people and freight moving, and that plan identifies our funding sources,” says Michael Wood.

Sources suggest Wood is talking out of his scratcher.  Fully costed and transparent?  Labour?

Name your sources Michael.  You’re not a journalist.

Go on, you just made it up, admit it.

As for National having an obsession with fiscally reckless motorway projects, how would the man from Epsom know?

Travel between Auckland and Hamilton or take the Tauranga expressway and tell me how those beautiful pieces of road are anything bad at all.  Apart from 20 years too late.

We need more of these “reckless” projects.

As for Michael Wood.  Back in your box boy.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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