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

 


Labour's tax break almost good for parents

Media release from

Parent.org

For immediate release

Labour's tax break almost good for parents!


By targeting the Working for Families package at low income Dr. Cullen has once again overlooked the role of the parent, claims lobby group Parent.org.

While delighted that government is finally noticing that a huge number of families are struggling to give their children a memorable and experience rich childhood and moving to address that, the group is frustrated that by overtly targeting the package at low income income working families they have missed an opportunity to acknowledge and demonstrate that they value all parents in society.

“Having just spent years telling us that they value innovation it would have been nice to see some demonstrated with the tax system when they had the chance.” observed Parent.org spokesperson, Steve Gore.

The group pointed to United Future's income splitting policy or Britain's income tax allowance system as example's of tax systems that value parenting. Britain operates a personal tax allowance system that is attached to everyone, meaning that the parenting role and the cost of child rearing is directly financially recognised. It achieves exactly the same outcome as Dr. Cullen's scheme where those families with low income pay little or no tax and those on high income contribute significantly more, but is probably easier to implement and at the same time sends a very clear message that all parents play an important role in society. If you are a full time New Zealand parent in a high income family to all accounts you don't exist, and if you are on a benefit here is yet another message urging you to dump your child with strangers and go back to work. The income-splitting model that United Future is promoting is another creative way that the parenting role can be recognised in the tax system, which the government didn't utilise.

“This is where Dr. Cullen is missing the bigger picture,” said Mr. Gore. “He opened this year's budget with the announcement that he was “securing the future", which means the next election cycle. The true long term future is in cots and pushchairs and schools across the country and the people that care most about those futures are being left unvalued and unskilled and urged to abandon their children and enter the workforce. The long term future is being very much left to chance. The only way we can truly secure the future is to raise a generation that is more capable than we are and the only way we can do that is to have parents who are inspired and encouraged to be the best they can be, and arm them with skills and up to date knowledge on how to raise children who are ambitious, smart and emotionally secure.”

"We believe that this initiative points to the lack of representation that parents have at the Cabinet table. Unless you have someone considering every initiative in terms of the impact it has on the parenting role and actively fighting for parents you are doomed to come out with initiatives that are, like this one, almost good,” said Mr. Gore.

Parent.org will be pressing the next government to ensure that parents have better cabinet representation, are recognised for their contribution and receive incentives to seek skills and knowledge.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news