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


Critics miss point in GST and rates debate

Friday, 23 July, 2004

Critics miss point in GST and rates debate

Critics of United Future's proposal to remove GST on rates have missed the point, according to the party's revenue spokesperson Gordon Copeland.

"The point is that GST should never have been applied to rates in the first place because it is a tax on a tax.

"On the very day my bill to remove GST on rates was drawn from the ballot, as Deputy Chair of Parliament's Finance and Expenditure Committee I was meeting with the Australian Parliament's Committee on Economics, Finance And Public Administration and we were talking about taxes and rates. I asked whether GST was applied to rates in Australia and quickly received the answer "No - because that would amount to a tax on a tax."

"That is the simple point at issue here. If anyone wants to argue that rates are not a tax I say let them speak to, for example, the elderly woman in Takapuna who although housebound faces an annual tax bill of more that $6,000.

"Let them speak to the business community in New Zealand who are very concerned that they are bearing a disproportionate share of rates.

"Let them speak to farmers round the country who say that their rates are manifestly excessive.

"In all of these circumstances those involved are saying that their rates bear no relation whatever to the services provided to them by the local authorities. In other words, they are a tax.

"It is incumbent therefore on the opponents of my bill to come with an argument as to why central government should levy a tax (the GST) on a tax (rates) levied by local authorities. They won't be able to do that because clearly this is wrong in principle as has been recognised, not only by the Australians but also by the Canadians. There is no way you can justify the unjustifiable."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election