Parliament

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

 

Helen Clark's credibility test

"It's one reason why we propose increasing the top personal tax rate. That rate would see people earning over $60,000 paying 39 cents in the dollar, up from 33c. This is necessary to provide some additional revenue to allow essential social and economic initiatives to be implemented immediately." (Dr Cullen - Taranaki Daily News 11.3.99)

"The increased revenue will be spent on lifting pensions for the elderly, reducing rents for those in state houses, reducing the costs of tertiary education, increasing spending on health and in promoting industry development - particularly in the regions," Dr Cullen said. (Labour press release 24.3.99)

Dr Cullen, Labour's finance spokesman, said $1 billion in extra tax collected from the top 8 percent of income earners would help fund the (credit card) proposals. (Hawkes Bay Today 12 May 1999)

"Labour's proposed tax increase has never been intended, nor has it been claimed to be intended, to cover the cost of the pledges at full implementation." (Dr Cullen - Evening Post 24.5.99)

Labour's policy is to raise income taxes for people earning over $60,000 (about 5% of taxpayers) to help fund some of it's key promises such as cheaper state houses, more money to cut hospital waiting times, and a reversal of last year's cut to the pension-wage link. (Southland Times 11.6.99)

The additional revenue from this (tax increases) will be used to improve social services, to reverse National's pension cuts, restore income-related State house rentals, reduce barriers to tertiary education, improve access to public health services, and to implement our industry assistance policy. (Press 12.10.99 - Party Policies on Tax)

Ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

NZ And France To Seek To End Use Of Social Media For Terrorism

New Zealand and France announced today that the two nations will bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism, in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand.

The meeting will take place in Paris on May 15, and will be co-chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK

 

Christchurch Attacks: Families Offered Option To Stay Permanently

Immigration New Zealand has created a special visa category for those directly impacted by the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood mosque, as well as their families. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Consent Granted For Queens Wharf Cruise Ship Upgrade

In its decision, released this afternoon, Auckland Council says that although the upgrade will have a "range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation", these can be managed to an "acceptable" level. More>>

ALSO:

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:

Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. 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:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels