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


John Banks’ legacy alive and well

David Clark
Revenue Spokesperson

9 June 2014

John Banks’ legacy alive and well

The Government has used a Ministerial press release to announce it has snatched millions of dollars unlawfully from bodies corporate, Labour’s Revenue spokesperson David Clark says.

A statement issued by Revenue Minister Todd McClay says the Government is cancelling registration for those who have been GST registered as of last Friday. This means double-taxation for affected bodies corporate.

“The Government is acting illegally. By announcing the forfeit of tax credits, the Minister is purporting to levy tax without Parliamentary authority.

“Robert Muldoon used to announce policies one day and legislate for them the same night. His approach looks positively angelic by comparison.

“Todd McClay is saying he won’t bother Parliament any more when it comes to law changes. He says he will only introduce legislation validating his actions if re-elected. This is absurd.

“The move echoes disgraced MP John Banks’ loose approach to the laws that govern elected politics.

“Up until this point in history legislation change required Parliamentary approval. This arrogant Government believes it is above the law, announcing taxation by press release.

“Make no mistake - talk of ‘clarity’ and ‘fairness’ is simply spin. The Tax Commissioner is independent. Her job is to apply the law and the law is clear.

“Inland Revenue’s top lawyer Martin Smith published his ‘considered view’ confirming in May 2013 that GST registration is a requirement for bodies corporate.

“To deregister bodies corporate in this manner is a serious challenge to democracy.

“Todd McClay is out of his depth. The Beehive’s ninth floor needs to intervene to sort this mess out,” David Clark said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news