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Dr Cullen gets it wrong again

Dr Cullen gets it wrong again

National Party Finance spokesman Don Brash is totally rejecting misleading claims made by Dr Michael Cullen about National Party tax policy.

"Dr Cullen has used the protection of the House to mischievously claim that National is advocating an increase in the rate of GST (up to 20%) and cutting tax rates for the rich.

"Dr Cullen got one thing right - I did speak to a business gathering - but it was this week not last.

"The rest of his claims are untrue," Dr Brash says.

"When responding to a question about how to encourage savings, I used a hypothetical example of a 20% GST rate for ease of calculation.

"I went on to explain how increasing GST to 20% was not politically feasible, nor was it National Party policy.

"Dr Cullen conveniently ignored those facts," Dr Brash says.

"The discussion was actually more about the real issues facing New Zealand and New Zealanders.

"I told those at the meeting how the state of race relations is threatening our future and explained how concerned the National Party is with the way Labour has destroyed the relationship with our traditional allies.

"Most worrying for Dr Cullen, I also discussed the Government's failure to reverse gloomy economic growth forecasts.

"Dr Cullen should get his own policy right before trying to mislead the public about National's economic vision," says Dr Brash.

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