Parliament

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

 

Small Business Again The Losers

Small Business Again The Losers

Monday 25 Aug 2003 Richard Prebble Press Releases -- Taxation

The Labour government is destroying New Zealand small businesses said ACT Leader Richard Prebble today in response to the Business NZ - KPMG Compliance Cost Survey. "The Compliance Cost Survey released today confirms ACT's own survey of businesses in May this year. Both revealed that businesses, particularly small businesses, see compliance costs (taxation by stealth) and tax as the highest priorities for change.

"Business is very concerned about OSH and Employment Relations Act compliance, and the excessive level of taxation, and in New Zealand, most businesses are small businesses.

"The survey says that small enterprises - those with five or fewer employees - face compliance costs of around $3,400 per employee per year.

"It's interesting to note that the OSH Act was seen as the top offender by businesses (65%), followed closely by tax (61%) and the Employment Relations Act (48%).

"Last week Cabinet once again approved legislation to amend the Employment Relations Act which in effect means employers (small businesses) will be hit by increasing compliance costs.

"The Act party believes that the government should be repealing the OSH and Employment Relations Act and replacing them with simple straightforward business friendly laws. ACC should again be open to competition and choice and our tax laws massively simplified by going to a flat tax regime. These steps, which are relatively easy to implement, would transform New Zealand's business environment, and promote growth, jobs and prosperity," Mr Prebble said.

ENDS


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages