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'Fat Tax' Out, Fat Levy In?

'Fat Tax' Out, Fat Levy In?

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today expressed her delight at having dashed the Labour Government's hopes of implementing a tax on fast food, and said that killing the `Fat Tax' was a victory for common sense.

"Government officials were working on the `Fat Tax', which would have taxed burgers, fries, fish & chips, and pizza. The fat tax was aimed at solving New Zealand's obesity problem - Labour's solution to every problem is a new tax," Mrs Roy said.

"All this tax would have achieved would be to raise the cost to working families of a good meal out. The tax would hit low-income New Zealanders the hardest. This is typical of Labour, who has increased many taxes, including those on sherry and petrol.

"Public reaction to the news that officials were working on a `fat tax' saw Health Minister Annette King rule the tax out in Parliament today. I am pleased to have forced Ms King's hand.

"But I don't believe the `fat tax' is off Labour's agenda. Rural Affairs Minister Pete Hodgson earlier ruled out a `flatulence tax' - only to later introduce a flatulence `levy'. I wouldn't put it past this tricky Government to introduce a `Big Mac levy' in a few months, in the same way it has inflicted the flatulence levy on farmers," Mrs Roy said.

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