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

 


Goff Must Explain Niue's Spending Proposals

Goff Must Explain Niue's Spending Proposals

Friday 16 Jan 2004 Stephen Franks Press Releases -- Commerce

ACT New Zealand Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks today renewed his call for Foreign Minister Phil Goff to assure New Zealand taxpayers that Niue doesn't bite the hand that feeds it, before its spends tens of millions of dollars restoring the living standards of 1700 Niueans.

Today's revelation, that Niue could become a conduit for immigration from other Pacific islands, renews concern that if Niue is to live off the New Zealand taxpayer, then it should accept New Zealand law," Mr Franks said.

"Earlier this week, Mr Goff reacted venomously to my call that he ensure Niue's tax haven laws weren't aiding New Zealand tax dodgers. Goff denied Niue was a tax haven. However, he's been silent on that issue since it was pointed out that the Inland Revenue Department identified it as such.

"If Niue plans to rebuild its population from other Pacific islands, it casts doubt on the argument that we must rebuild Niue to preserve its unique culture. How unique will it be if half the people are from other nations?," Mr Franks 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

 

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:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news