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National Thinks Your Vote is Worth $2.43

GEORGE HAWKINS Member of Parliament for Manurewa
Labour Spokesperson on Police, & the Serious Fraud Office
Labour Associate Spokesperson on Internal Affairs, & Customs

Media Statement

12 July 1999

National thinks your vote is worth $2.43

Manurewa MP George Hawkins has dismissed the National Party's tax cut proposal as a manipulative election year bribe which does nothing for struggling families in Manurewa - many of whom will receive only $2.43 extra each week.

"National's election year tax bribe is a cynical attempt to fool voters. But it will not work. People in Manurewa know that an extra $2.43 a week might buy a loaf of bread, but there wont be anything left over to buy some butter to spread on it," said George Hawkins.

Most pensions get nothing extra under National's proposals. In fact 660,000 people who earn less than $9,500 will miss out altogether.

"To the thousands of Manurewa residents who get next to nothing, National's tax cut proposal is like an April fools day joke which has arrived three months late," said George Hawkins.

The tiny tax cuts come after months of bluff and bluster by National Ministers. The announcement comes as National falls further in public opinion polls and searches desperately for a political panacea to reverse it's ailing electoral fortunes.

"National's tax bribe is a pathetic and obvious election year stunt. But voters will not be fooled by National's misinformation campaign," said George Hawkins.

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