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

 


Introduce a 20 per cent tax for everyone, not just exporters

ACT Leader John Banks
April 9 2013

Introduce a 20 per cent tax for everyone, not just exporters

New Zealand First’s policy to offer a lower tax rate of 20 per cent to exporters only is a half-baked idea best fed to the dog, ACT Leader John Banks said today.

“ACT has always believed that lower taxes are the best way to boost our economic performance, but this is a classic example of a political party picking winners to further its own agenda,” Mr Banks said.

“Why give a tax privilege to exporters, but not to the equally valiant manufacturers competing locally with imports? To fail to treat them equally is inconsistent with New Zealand First’s professed concern to export more and import less.

“Unlike New Zealand First, ACT believes that everyone would benefit from lower taxes, not just exporters.

“A recent Treasury and IRD paper found that personal income tax reductions would be the most effective measure for boosting economic welfare.

“ACT would like to see a 20 per cent tax rate rolled out across the board so that families, individuals and businesses can all benefit. But to do that we must cut out wasteful government spending.

“If core crown expenditure is reduced to 29 per cent of GDP, a tax rate of 20 per cent along with 15 per cent GST would be more than enough to fund government spending, with a substantial welfare safety net.

“If New Zealand First is really serious about boosting economic growth, they should support a lower tax rate of 20 per cent for everyone coupled with lower government spending, rather than picking specific groups to bestow government privileges on,” Mr Banks said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Video: Key 'Genuinely Couldn't Recall' Texts
Reaction: Greens | More

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news