So, you might have missed it in all the fuss about GST but the government tax on petrol rose by 3 cents/litre on of the 1st of October.
I wouldn’t mind paying this increase if it was going to improve our rail, bus, walking and cycling options.
But instead it will mainly be used to pay for the government’s Roads of National Significance (RoNS).
It’s hard for me to believe that Puhoi to Wellsford (whose predicted benefit cost ratio (i.e., return on investment) is 0.8) or Transmission Gulley (return on investment 0.6) will close the gap between us and Australia.
As a friend of mine recently put it, building motorways to fix congestion is like buying a new pair of trousers to fix your obesity. And widening existing motorways is like buying a bigger belt.
What do you think? Will the RoNS get us hopping along the primrose path to prosperity? What would you like the government to spend your extra fuel tax on?