Parliament

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

 

Anderton Doesn't Understand Rural NZ

MEDIA RELEASE

25 JUNE 1999

If the Alliance Party wants to take rural New Zealand back to the era of 6 o'clock closing, Jim Anderton is the right man for the job, said Minister for Food and Fibre, Hon John Luxton today.

"Mr Anderton expects Labour to raise an extra $5 billion by reinstating tariffs and raising taxes to pay for all his off-the-wall election promises. His most ridiculous promise, which has even Cullen lost for words, is the idea of a state-owned bank. I ask you, who would put their money in a bank run by the Alliance? The can't even keep track of their own members."

Mr Luxton said you can bet your gumboots that the Alliance will be pressing Labour to reinstate death duties and stamp duties, a move that would seriously disadvantage the rural sector.

"I was astonished when Mr Anderton opposed the abolition of stamp duty and then attacked Labour in the process and I quote: "I want to ask my Labour parliamentary colleagues in particular, what they would really want to do with $77 million if they had it ... Would they give it away to remove stamp duty for people who speculate in properties and a few hard-working farmers? ...If this was a No.1 priority of Labour... then why is it not on the credit card? Should we put 'Remove stamp duties' on the credit card? It is not there. So why on earth are members supporting this tonight? I am not. The Alliance is not - not on your life."

"Unbelievable and these two parties are meant to be on the same side. The Labour Party must cringe every time their so-called Alliance buddies open their mouths.



"That is the difference between National and the Anderton party. National understands farmers and farmers understand the logic behind the Government's position towards agriculture and free trade. It's all about reducing input costs and improving farmers' incomes."

"National has saved each farmer thousands of dollars since we took office in 1990. Farmers have record-low interest and inflation rates, we have scrapped stamp duties, reduced tariffs, slashed taxes, ensured cheaper accident insurance, and the list goes on. Whether it be the $10,000 saved on a new farm ute or $40 on a new pair of gumboots these moves have all assisted farmers."

"None of Anderton's policies are realistic policies. They have as much chance of seeing the light of day as Phillida Bunkle has of winning Wellington Central. Rural communities know that should the Anderton party ever be part of a Government, none of Mr Anderton's wacky plans for the agricultural sector would ever be introduced by Labour, so why bother going down this self-destructive path?"

"National has always been and will continue to be the only political party which truly represents rural aspirations. Anderton is wasting everyone's time in rural New Zealand. He is his own worst enemy."


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels