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Tax Debate is Outrageous

Tax Debate is Outrageous

Thursday 18 Jul 2002

Debate over whether the Crown Forestry Rental Trust has to pay zero tax or 19.5 percent tax is outrageous, ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide said today.

"There should be no debate. There should be one law for every New Zealander. Tax should be cut, but it should be cut for every Kiwi.

"Maori authorities and their subsidiary businesses are being promised a special deal by Michael Cullen. For the Crown Forest Rental trustees to say they should have to pay no tax is incredible - they are refusing to accept the laws of New Zealand.

"Helen Clark should be explaining to voters why she thinks Maori need special laws, reserved places on health boards and local councils, and now a special tax rate.

"ACT believes our company tax levels should be below Australia. But we believe a tax cut should be made for every New Zealander, not dished out based on race and political expediency," Mr Hide said.


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