Ex­pos­ing woe­ful smart trans­port spend­ing

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Welling­to­nian com­muters copped an eye­ful last month when 40 young Gen­er­a­tion Zero pro­tes­tors stripped off to their un­der­wear and rode pub­lic trans­port into the city in order to raise aware­ness on the govern­ment’s lop­sided spend­ing poli­cies.The protest aimed to shine light on the huge im­bal­ance be­tween the $14bn al­lo­cated to new state high­ways and the $0.5bn al­lo­cated to new in­fras­truc­ture for smart trans­port (pub­lic trans­port, walk­ing and cy­cling) over the next decade. Chair of Auck­land Coun­cil trans­port com­mit­tee Mike Lee was sup­port­ive of the group’s ef­forts: “Gen­er­a­tion Zero may have stripped down to their undies but com­pared to Steven Joyce, Gerry Brown­lee, Bill English and John Key they were over­dressed. The Na­tional Party trans­port em­per­ors have got no clothes at all.”

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