Parliament

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

 

National says forget the kids’ sport

19 August 2005

National says forget the kids’ sport

“Most New Zealanders will be appalled at the values National wants to promote through its tax cuts,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

He was referring to an interview John Key gave on Checkpoint yesterday in which he criticised Labour’s Family Tax Relief package on the grounds that it would make parents more likely to watch the kids playing sport on Saturday mornings than put in a few extra hours at work.

“If that is one of the effects of our policy, I will regard it as a positive and I’m sure most Kiwi families will agree with me. Labour stands unabashedly for a healthy work-life balance and has been actively pursuing policies to achieve this,” Dr Cullen said.

“It is already evident that National’s tax cuts will mean poorer social services. What Mr Key’s statement indicates is that, if the incentives created by the tax cuts achieve the behavioural changes National wants, New Zealand children will also pay a price as their parents spend more hours at work.”

Key on Checkpoint: We'll you'll have to look at our numbers on Monday but what I can tell you is that, um, our package will ensure that the right incentives are in the economy. Um, these are all of the wrong incentives. I mean the delivery mechanism reinforces a view that, um, effectively you have two employers now under their model.

You have your paid employment and you effectively have your welfare payment through Working For Families and as you increase your employment, employed paid income through whatever you do, overtime or more responsibility or a better job that bucket increases but the bucket that is coming from the government into Working For Families is reduced and so the question you have to ask yourself I think, Gael, is are you going to go and work as a person on Saturday morning and miss the kids being at sport or are you going to work a little longer or a little harder to get ahead when you lose what for most people will be about sixty, fifty-five to sixty cents in the dollar and the answer is, um, and potentially more, potentially as high as eighty cents in the dollar. So the answer I think for most people is no.

ENDS

© 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


Reaction

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>>

ALSO:


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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election