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


Legislation Breaches Separation Of Church & State

Special Legislation For Melanesian Trust Breaches Separation Of
Church And State

The President of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and
Humanists (NZARH) Elizabeth McKenzie, said today the special legislation
being pushed through Parliament to grant special tax exempt status to
the Melanesian Mission Trust is a breach of the principle of separation
of church and state.

Ms McKenzie said that while NZARH would not oppose charitable work that
directly eases poverty in Melanesia, it is inappropriate for the
Government of New Zealand to allow tax exemptions for that part of the
Trust's work which is purely missionary or purely commercial.

She said the politicians cited in today's New Zealand Herald report of
the Trust's activities should understand that Parliament is not a church
and elected politicians are not elected to advance the cause of any
particular religion's missionary activities.

"Even the poorest people in New Zealand pay tax, yet this multi-million
dollar trust doesn't want to pay tax like the rest of us. If religious
trusts such as these paid tax and property rates like the rest of us, it
would reduce the individual tax burden considerably. Tax privileges
based on religion should be a thing of the past."

"If Parliament was passing a Bill advantaging the Scientologists or the
Destiny Church in this way there would be uproar. There is no
difference when it comes to Parliament funding any religion. We
either have a separation of church and state or we don't'."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election