Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


AA Calls On Government To “Axe The Tax”


For immediate release 29 August 2000

AA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO “AXE THE TAX”

The Automobile Association is calling on the Government to ease the costs for motorists by cutting the amount of petrol excise tax it takes for non-roading activities.
“For every litre of petrol sold, 18.7 cents goes into the Crown Account for general expenditure,” the Association’s Director of Public Affairs, George Fairbairn, said today.
“There is a growing sense of public expectation that the Government can and should ease the cost burden on motorists, as well as soften inflationary pressure, by lowering this tax.”
Mr Fairbairn said the Automobile Association had long argued that the non-roading excise tax was distortionary and should be phased out.
“Now would be the perfect time to begin that process. Reducing the tax is the ideal means for the Government to follow through on the Deputy Prime Minister’s concerns about the impact of petrol prices increases.”
He said a reduction in the excise would not impact on the Government’s policy programme, as it had netted an additional windfall benefit through the GST component of increasingly expensive fuel.
“This would compensate for any loss in revenue through a reduction on the excise, and I am certain that such a move would be enthusiastically welcomed across all sectors of the community.
“The Association is getting calls and letters everyday from members who are struggling with these additional costs, which are now impacting on the everyday costs of each household and family.
“We urge all motorists to contact the Ministers of Finance and Economic Development to let them know the depth of public feeling that exists on this issue.”
….. ends
For further information:
George Fairbairn Geordie Cassin
Director - Public Affairs Public Affairs Manager
NZAA NZAA
Ph: (04) 470-9984 Ph: (04) 470-9992 (DDI)
Ph: (04) 389-6529 (Home) Ph: (04) 234-8676 (Home)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news