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

 


Politics is an advance auction sale of stolen goods?

ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte

11 August 2014

Politics is an advance auction sale of stolen goods?

The American journalist, H L Menken said that all election campaigns soon become an “advance auction sale of stolen goods”.

As John Armstrong noted in his Herald column today, this election is no exception. All the parties of the left are busily trying to buy votes with taxpayers’ money. The Greens are the worst. Labour isn’t too far behind. Even National has promised $1.5 billion of extra annual spending.

Armstrong say all the parties should come clean about their “fiscal plan”, as the Greens have promised to do before the election.. But he errs when he say it is incumbent upon ACT to do so to. We have already done so.

In May we produced an Alternative Budget, which can be found HERE.

“We are the only party planning to cut government spending – specifically, on middle-class welfare, such as interest-free student loans, and on corporate welfare of the type dispensed by MBIE. These savings would allow us to cut the top rate of income tax to 24% next year. We could also cut the company tax rate to 20% next year and to 12.5% by 2020. This would benefit all New Zealanders by dramatically increasing the rate of economic growth.”

“ACT is the only party that is not living down to Menken’s low expectations of politicians.’ Said Dr Whyte.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics.

Can the two surviving Maori Party MPs (one electorate, one list) credibly work together with the old firebrand who split up the group years ago, and still hope to rekindle some of that same old magic? More>>

 

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news