No To New Tax
The Taxpayers' Union is welcoming the
Fairfax Media/Ipsos Poll published yesterday which suggested
that well over two-thirds of New Zealanders support the
Union's position that taxes should not be raised for new
The poll found that of the 1018
people asked, 69.4% opposed raising taxes to pay for new
"Politicians will need to sit up and take
notice" says Taxpayers' Union Spokeswoman, Gabrielle
O'Brien. "Politicians that go into the election with big
spending promises will need to find savings elsewhere or
will be punished at the ballot box."
joining the Taxpayers' Union are telling us that households
are already taxed too much. Politicians should be trimming
public waste before increasing the tax burden," says Ms
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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>>