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De-Coding Dr Cullen

Cullen’s latest statement defending Labour’s promises is typical of wacky Labour logic, Bob Simcock, Hamilton West MP said today.

“It is a confusing, self-contradictory jumble that is impossible to decipher”, Mr Simcock said, “He seems to think that we will assume that because he is such a clever man it must be our fault that we can’t make any sense of what he says. Let’s look at his words:”

‘Our Superannuation Policy is not a spending policy but a saving policy’.

‘The Superannuation Fund will be raised from existing income taxes’.

‘We plan to keep taxes slightly higher in order to pre-fund the cost of supporting baby boomers in their retirement.’

‘The additional $1.5 billion…will be funded by dividing the budget surplus in two parts.’

“These quotes all come from one press statement! Perhaps Labour has decided to replace its no policy strategy with a strategy of policy so obscure no one can pin them down on it”.

Does the super policy cost an extra $1.5 billion? Will it be funded from;

(a) existing taxes;
(b) increased taxes;
(c) surpluses;
(d) nothing because it’s a “saving policy not a spending policy”?

“Is this like Labour’s extra spending on Foreign Aid. ‘We’ll do it sometime, maybe, if we can ever afford it’?”

“If that’s the strength of Labour’s commitment to it’s credit card promises voters have a right to know”, Mr Simcock concluded


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