Passport Tax: Minister Unaware Of $20.8 Million Surplus
Passport Tax: Minister Unaware Of $20.8 Million
In his interview on TV One’s
Breakfast this morning the Minister of Internal Affairs,
Peter Dunne, commented that the profits the Government has
made from passports have “been returned to people via a
lower fee”. Responding to those comments Jordan Williams,
Executive Director of the Taxpayers’
“Mr Dunne is wrong. The
paper released yesterday by the Taxpayer Union shows
that New Zealanders are getting the worst deal in the world
for a passport. He has not been properly briefed by
“Mr Dunne’s is sitting on $20.8
million dollars of passport fee profits which are, in
effect, a tax on getting a New Zealand passport. That isn't
'cost recovery', it's a 'cost plus'
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>