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Labour pumps up taxes... again

Labour pumps up taxes... again

Tuesday 1 Mar 2005

Deborah Coddington - Press Releases - Education

ACT Transport spokesman Deborah Coddington today slammed the Labour Government's decision to ratchet up petrol taxes by five cents a litre from April 1.

"This petrol tax hike is yet another attack on Kiwi households already struggling to keep their heads above water," Miss Coddington said.

"Only recently Michael Cullen was forced to admit that the average household is no better off in real terms than when Labour came to office nearly six years ago.

"The five-cent petrol tax rise is just the latest in over 30 new taxes, levies and excises Labour has foisted on New Zealanders since 1999.

"Every time anyone fills their tank with petrol they fork out for ACC, Local Authority tax, Petroleum Fuels Monitoring Levy, National Roads Fund and - the greatest contribution of all - the consolidated fund.

"This Government can't excuse raising petrol taxes as necessary for roading when it's never spent the majority of road user charges on roads anyway.

"The previous National Government didn't do anything about roads, especially in Auckland, and the Labour Government has just given motorists more of the same contempt. Road users are seen as cash cows by tax and spend governments for the last two decades.

"We need lower taxes for all New Zealanders, especially those on low pay. A petrol hike is a tax hike for struggling families," Miss Coddington said.

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