Is it karma that at the same time that oil is about to hit US$100 per barrel, Jeanette’s Climate Change (Transport Funding) Bill gets pulled from the member’s ballot? The coincidence leaves this frog scratching his head.
The bill sets out to change the way the National Transport Fund is managed, over about five years, so that we stop spending six times as much on growing and maintaining roads as we spend on rail, sea, walking and cycling alternatives.
It calls for a gentle shift in priorities to the kind of low-carbon, low-oil dependant transport we know we’re going to need soon if we want to do our bit to tackle climate change. It’s part of the ‘six-pack’ of climate change bills that the Greens put into the member’s ballot this time last year.
We look forward to what the Labour lead government’s response is going to be on the floor of the house. Will they back a future-proofing shift in funding, or continue in their denial of our future with expensive and constrained oil supplies?