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

 

Politicians Promising Tax Cuts Are Misleading

1st September 2005

Politicians Promising Tax Cuts are Misleading Voters

"The tax-relief or tax-cut packages promised by Labour and National disguise the real tax story" warns Elaine West of RAM ­ Residents Action Movement.

Ms West believes that "post-election, every person will pay new forms of taxes dressed as road taxes or tolls which will make current tax cut policies look a poor political joke."

"Helen Clark's plans to restructure the public open-road network into a public-private road network - where users pay tolls directly to road operators - are not considered extreme enough nor happening fast enough according to Don Brash."

"In the speech Roading Now given in May 2004, Brash indicated that the Road Advisory Group's proposals - requested at the time by a National-led government in 1997 - are likely to be revived under his leadership.

"The Group advised that New Zealand could be world leaders in road reform ­ including:

- introducing new road reform laws and direct road pricing schemes;
- setting up road companies with the Crown and local authorities as shareholders;
- changing the status of roads from a public good to a commercial good;
- managing roads as businesses with the intention of raising profits and paying taxes;
- directly charging ALL road users including vehicle users, cyclists and pedestrians;
- charging utility providers for 'carriage-way' use ie: gas, electricity, water providers;
- encouraging private investment in the road network;
- dropping Road User Charges paid by commercial vehicles, and decreasing local body transport rates and eventually petrol taxes."

"The above Road Reform proposals are evident in comments made recently by Brash

- changing the Resource Management Act for rapid road building with diminished public consultation;
- promoting private sector participation and investment in roads [strongly endorsed by the Business Roundtable];
- dropping Road User Charges and decreasing local body transport rates and petrol taxes;
- using tolls on roads to: raise funds and make investment profitable for private sector capital and to directly manage drive behaviour."

Ms West argues that Clark and Brash are misleading voters with promised tax relief.

She says "It is critical that New Zealanders understand that new road taxes will severely hit those who are least able to afford them."

"Tolls are road taxes" she warns "and roads are set to be the new tax bonanza for private profiteers inside and outside of New Zealand - at the expense of the rest of us."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election