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Four-lane to cut the carnage

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15.07.2019

OPINION: This time last year the Prime Minister was under the pump, seeking to defuse the growing rift between the business community and her Government.

Jacinda Ardern's solution was to establish a Business Advisory Council (BAC), providing direct and high-level counsel to her Beehive office. It was empowered to be an influential agenda-setter and strategic policy advisor.

Under the chairmanship of Christopher Luxon, the Prime Minister vowed it would not be an inconsequential talk-shop. But, in truth, was it all window-dressing cynically designed to keep the business community at bay?

Last week's letter, signed by the outgoing chairman on behalf of the 13-strong council, is the most incisive test yet of her commitment to the BAC. The council has made an impassioned plea for the Government to get cracking on those 12 major highway roading projects that they slammed the brakes on – even if it means allowing them to be privately funded.

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