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Nats' scaremongering a sign of desperation

Nats' scaremongering a sign of desperation

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald has rebuffed National's criticism of the Greens' influence in the next government.

"Voters are more frightened at the prospect of Don Brash and Winston Peters fighting over the steering wheel than the Greens continuing to work closely with Labour," Mr Donald said.

"The fact that National keeps putting out press releases attacking the Greens speaks volumes about how desperate they are becoming and about their inability to come up with constructive alternatives to our policies.

"National can obviously see the writing on the wall. The tide of public opinion has clearly turned in favour of Labour and the Greens forming the next government. No amount of bleating from National will disguise the fact that its only viable coalition option is the intolerant and erratic Winston Peters.

"Unlike National, the Green Party is prepared to face up to the big challenges facing our economy, particularly climate change and the end of cheap oil.

"In these circumstances, it is only sensible to shift tax off work and enterprise and on to waste and pollution. Our tax proposals are fiscally prudent and revenue neutral. Unlike parties on the right, our income tax cuts will not be at the expense of increasing government debt, selling off state assets and selling public services.

"Our policy is to make the first $5,000 of income tax-free, which puts $15 a week in everyone's pocket. This would be paid for by introducing a suite of eco-taxes and levies.

"When will National wake up to the fact that building more motorways won't make it easier for Kiwis to get around because they won't be able afford to fill their petrol tank? We're committed to providing all New Zealanders with fast, affordable and frequent public transport services, whereas National obviously only wants to look after the rich."

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