Parliament

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

 

Labour’s tax agenda starting to appear

Labour’s tax agenda starting to appear

Labour’s true tax agenda is starting to appear with comments by senior Labour MPs Phil Twyford and David Parker in the last eighteen hours, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says.

“This morning on TV3’s ‘The Nation’ programme Labour’s Housing Spokesperson Mr Twyford once again refused to answer whether Labour would introduce a comprehensive capital gains tax in the next three years if elected. However he spent some time saying how much they really wanted to,” Mr Joyce says.

“He also gave a sense of the scale of it – saying Labour wanted to use a capital gains tax to reduce house price to income ratios to about three to four – which would mean a halving of Auckland house prices.

“That would take a punitive capital gains tax and a massive increase in interest rates. It would be massively disruptive to the New Zealand economy.

“Mr Twyford’s language is the same as the Greens’ on housing last year with their talk of cutting house prices in half.

“Meanwhile last night Water Spokesperson David Parker was threatening farmers at a meeting in Ashburton with a much higher water tax rate if they didn’t toe the line.

“A number of people at the meeting reported Parker saying ‘don’t push us on the numbers or we will take the tax higher’ and ‘I’m not here to negotiate – don’t push me’ or it will be doubled.

“And it’s apparent this threat was not a one-off – with another group reporting the same threat being made by Parker earlier last week.”

“A regional fuel tax, a massive capital gains tax, and a bullying water tax,” Mr Joyce says.

“It’s becoming clearer why Labour wants to hide its true tax plans.

“They need to be upfront with New Zealanders on tax.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: PPPs Are Steven Joyce’s New Imaginary Friend

Like the kid in that Bruce Willis movie who could see dead people, Finance Minister Steven Joyce can see stuff (like holes in Labour budgets) that no-one else can see.

So maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Joyce can also see ‘efficiencies’ and ‘cost savings’ in funding major infrastructural projects through public private partnerships (PPPs). More>>

 
 

Indecision 2017: Election Day Results

National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%. NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%. ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs. The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament. There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government. Full preliminary results >>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Election Lists

While the ship of state is listing, so I thought I would make some lists as well. More>>

ALSO:

Targetting: ACC’s Computer-Aided Decision-Making Questioned

University of Otago researchers are warning of the potential pitfalls in government departments using computer-based risk prediction models, as has been recently revealed through a controversial new tool used by the ACC... More>>

ALSO:

From The Hood: The Campaign Strategist’s Lament

"This election is a chance to really work the record of what nine years of National-led government has done to improve the country for everyone. Or will do. Another three years, maybe six. Thirty-three years, tops. You don’t want to risk that, do you? More>>

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding

"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog