More good questions from opposition get conflicting answers from the PM and Twyford

While Judith Collins is busily making Phil Twyford look a tool, Jami-Lee Ross is also giving him a kicking.

It also seems that either Phil Twyford or Jacinda Ardern is misleading parliament… or both.

The above video is from parliament last week… and yesterday Jami-Lee Ross caught Twyford again: Quote.

Question No. 4—Transport

4. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Transport: How much is funding increasing by, in dollar terms, for the Local Road Improvements and Regional Improvements activity classes for the first three years of the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport?

PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of Transport): Local road improvements increase to $1.03 billion over three years, from Government policy statement (GPS) 2015’s funding of $720 million. That is an increase of $310 million over the next three years, or 43 percent. Regional improvements increase under the draft GPS to $530 million over three years, from GPS 2015’s funding of $270 million. That is an increase of $260 million over the next three years, or nearly double.

Jami-Lee Ross: Was the Prime Minister accurate when she said in question time yesterday that over the three-year period, quote, “regional and local road improvements increase by $1.2 billion.”?

PHIL TWYFORD: Yes.

Jami-Lee Ross: How can he say that local and regional improvements have increased by $1.2 billion when he just told us that those categories increased by $310 million and $260 million, which combined does not come to $1.2 billion?

PHIL TWYFORD: The Prime Minister was including local roading improvements as well, and local road maintenance.

Jami-Lee Ross: I’ll ask again. How can he say that the Prime Minister is accurate with her $1.2 billion figure when the figures he just gave us add up to $570 million?

PHIL TWYFORD: The figures include local road maintenance, local road improvements, and regional improvements.

Jami-Lee Ross: Will he be advising the Prime Minister that her answer in the House yesterday was inaccurate and she should perhaps consider correcting it?

PHIL TWYFORD: I will not be. End of quote.

Phil Twyford is digging deeper and deeper holes for the government. His grandiloquent posturing in his portfolios means that in just a few short months he is going to be exposed significantly as a pompous blowhard who has failed to deliver anything in his portfolios.

National would do well to keep double-teaming him in the house.

Meanwhile it seems that Jacinda Ardern or Phil Twyford has some explaining to do.


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