Questions for Finance Minister?
OPINION: Recently, I was stopped in the street by a Newshub reporter.
Her preamble to warm me up was that the poor town of Te Aroha was struggling away because, ‘‘you know the Freezing Works burnt down and that affected the town and created unemployment…’’
Tiring of the warm up which I knew was headed towards a question eventually, I corrected her inaccuracies; no that was years ago and Silver Fern was rebuilt to be the most modern freezing works in the country, employs a lot of people, and plus there is Inghams.
She then asked if I had a question for the finance minister.
I drew a blank. All I could think of was a piece on the news that the photocopier or printer had broken down when trying to print the budget.
I wondered, was it because the red ink ran out? And was that due to the Labour party colours, or the amount of deficit in the budget?
I had been up super early as I had stayed in Hamilton, been for a river walk (in my gumboots as I had forgotten my sneakers) hit K-mart at 8.30am for Hogwarts pyjamas for the child, and then popped in for a surprise visit to my uncle and auntie in Hamilton – all by 10am!
No wonder by mind was blank. So I fobbed her off and she went to prey on another Te Arohian.
What I wanted to ask in retrospect I guess, is why is petrol so freaking expensive?
Apart from Iran, blah blah. And what are the government going to do about it?
Ah apparently increase it even further incrementally over the next two years with petrol tax hikes and GST as the bank breaking cherry on top.
This is of course a blanket tax, applicable to rich and poor alike.
And very city-centric (Aucklanders will have a special tax) with the Prime Minister explaining that high petrol costs will encourage the use of public transport with the pay offs being less traffic and more utilisation of public transport, cycle lanes, and of course it’s better for the environment.
So in the regions, public transport is average to nil, we’d be better off with a cow lane than a bike lane, and oh actually that gives me an idea.
If these prices stay so high, I’m going to make the transition and hoof it – probably more likely a horse than a cow though!
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Finance Minister Grant Robertson delivers his Budget 2018 speech in the Beehive lockup.