Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Brash must sack loose-cannon Connell

Brash must sack loose-cannon Connell

Labour’s candidate for Rakaia, Tony Milne, is calling on Don Brash to either back or sack his Rakaia MP and spokesman for Commerce and Revenue Brian Connell, who is pushing for a flat tax.

Mr Milne says Brian Connell is in open defiance of National's stated tax policy as he continues to publicly advocate for a 20% flat tax.

Mr Milne says Mr Connell quotes the economies of former communist, mainly East European countries that have adopted flat tax rates over the last couple of years such as Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, and Serbia – suggesting that a 20% flat tax will not lead to massive cuts in public services.

However, Labour candidate for Rakaia, Mr Milne, has offered a stinging attack on such a suggestion, which Mr Connell this week reinforced in a letter to the editor of the Ashburton Guardian.

“Are these the kinds of countries that Don Brash’s National Party wants to emulate? Is that the National Party's aspiration for New Zealand? That is shocking,” Mr Milne said.

“No western country has introduced a flat rate of income tax,” said Mr Milne. “Flat taxes might increase revenue if they were set at a high level, or were combined with abolishing personal tax allowances or concessions. Mr Connell is not proposing either of these things: he is proposing a low flat tax rate, and there are no concessions to abolish,” said Mr Milne.

“Adopting his 20% proposal will cut revenue, and the estimated cost from Treasury is $5.5 Billion. Cutting $5.5 Billion from the Government’s budget is obviously going to lead to spending cuts. It’s not rocket science!” Mr Milne said.

“A 20% flat tax is extreme and, if it ever happened, would be deeply damaging to people in Rakaia and New Zealand. That kind of policy would lead to massive cuts in public services in every electorate in New Zealand,” said Mr Milne.

“I would like to know what Don Brash thinks of such a policy and why he hasn’t asked for Brian Connell’s resignation in his finance spokesman roles,” said Mr Milne.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news