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

 

Mana tax on junk food has European precedents

MANA MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Monday 10 October 2011

Mana tax on junk food has European precedents

Another Mana movement tax proposal has been implemented in Europe.

“Following France and Germany announcing last month their support for a “Hone Heke” Financial Transactions tax, other European countries are implementing a tax on junk food,” says Mana Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto.

Last week Denmark introduced a new tax on foods which contain more than 2.3% saturated fat. The tax is NZ51c on a packet of butter and NZ16c on a pack of potato chips. This follows Hungary which recently imposed a tax on all foods with unhealthy levels of sugar, salt and carbohydrates as well as products with high levels of caffeine.

Mana is campaigning for a similar tax here on junk foods and soft drinks. We need it more than Denmark or Hungary because we have much higher levels of obesity and a predicted explosion of diabetes with massive cost to our health system.

We are already the third most obese country in the world.

“The small additional cost for people buying junk food will be offset by Mana abolishing GST completely and dropping tax on the first $27,000 earned. Everyone on low and middle incomes will be better off – and healthier.”

“We need Mana’s tax policies NOW and yet Labour and National are in denial. They are happy for the junk food industry to reap massive profits from New Zealanders who must then find the money to pay for the health problems these international chains have created.

“Mana also wants local communities to have a veto on the junk-food outlets in their areas. Research in several countries shows the more junk food outlets children have around them, the more obese they are. It’s as simple as that.

A country which respects its children would take action. Labour and National won’t but Mana will.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Legal Issues: Gordon Campbell On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

Yesterday’s interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public.

Apoparently, the fuel industry is an oligopoly where the Big Three (BP, Mobil and Z) that import 90% of this country’s fuel also control the supply, pricing, profit margins etc etc, from wharf to petrol pump, thereby all but throttling genuine competition at every stage along the way. More>>

 

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>

Welfare: Ongoing Drug-Test Sanctions Contradicts Govt’s Rhetoric

Reports that two-thirds of beneficiaries who fail drug tests are still having their benefit sanctioned contradicts the Government’s so-called health approach to drugs. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels