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

 

Real alternative to GST is there says Alliance

Real alternative to GST is there says Alliance Party

Alliance Party Media Release – For Immediate Release, Friday October 3, 2008

The Alliance Party has congratulated the Residents Action Movement (RAM) who today presented a petition to Parliament calling for the abolition of GST on food.

This petition was received by Maori Party MPs, who support the call. But no one is talking turkey over how wiping GST on food can realistically be achieved, says Alliance Party list candidate, Sarah Campbell.

"We need to talk about why GST should be abolished, and as to how we can afford this. This is not just a question of making food cheaper because people are struggling as it is, but it is more a matter of economic justice and of being fair to all New Zealanders," says Ms Campbell.

The Alliance Party supports wiping GST on food, and has a fully costed alternative budget that shows how this consumption based tax can be replaced by a financial transactions tax, where basic financial transactions are taxed at the small rate of 2 cents per $100. The revenue from this tax would be entirely dedicated to removing the GST from food. Alliance policy is to work toward removing GST entirely, but its removal from food would be an immediate priority for the party.

"GST is an unfair tax because those on lower incomes spend a higher proportion of their incomes on basic commodities such as food, and therefore pay a higher proportion of their incomes in tax. It's a regressive tax, and that is the opposite of what Alliance policy is about," she says.

A financial transactions tax (FTT) would be a very small amount to most New Zealanders – far less than they are currently paying in GST – but it would draw its biggest funds from the realms of currency speculation and money trading that made the likes of John Key unconscionably rich. While everyday New Zealanders in 2008 pay 12.5% GST, and do not have the option of moving their funds to Cayman Islands holding corporations, these Business Roundtable jockeys manage to move millions around the globe and through New Zealand markets without contributing to the future of New Zealand's education, health, or infrastructure.

But the tide is turning. The financial crisis is raising awareness of continuing structural inequalities in the world, and in New Zealand, and the public aren't going to swallow it anymore.
"New Zealand is responding to the idea of GST off food, but it's about more than cheaper cheese, and I think people know that. It's about a fairer future for all Kiwis and the Alliance can show you the money!" she stated.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election