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

 


Winston's Wish List Impossible to Cost

MEDIA RELEASE

Winston's Wish List Impossible to Cost

25 AUGUST 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Taxpayers’ Union is today calling on Winston Peters to provide sufficient details of his Party's campaign promises to enable them to be credibly costed for inclusion in theTaxpayer’s Union 'Bribe-O-Meter'. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:

“The lack of policy detail in New Zealand First's manifesto makes it all but impossible for our economic expert to credibly determine how much Winston Peters' election priorities would cost New Zealand households.”

"While National, Labour, the Greens, Conservatives, ACT, and United Future have provided the Union with sufficient policy and financial material to estimate the cost of their election manifestos, New Zealand First apparently just doesn’t have the information for our expert.”

“It appears that while Mr Peters is traveling around Grey Power meetings promising all and sundry, his staff aren't even bothering to add up the costs. It smacks of dishonest policy formation."

“Even the Green Party, hardly the symbol of sound fiscal planning, has produced numbers that our expert can credibly assess."

“To Winston’s credit, two of his flagship policies appear to be tax-cuts, albeit complicated ones - cutting GST on food and removing GST from rates. New Zealand First seems unable to communicate much in the way of detail as to which items would be affected.”

“It appears as though New Zealand First make policies without any assessment of the impact on the government's books. We are calling for Mr Peters to front up and reveal what his policies would cost.”

The Taxpayers’ Union will be releasing updated figures for the Bribe-O-Meter, including the estimated cost of the minor party policy pledges, in the coming days.

The figures used for the Bribe-O-Meter are sourced from an independent expert in costing public policies, Dr Michael Dunn. Dr Dunn led the team at IRD that costed revenue policy and produced budget revenue forecasts for 12 years. He has advised both National and Labour led administrations.

The Bribe-O-Meter is available now at www.taxpayers.org.nz.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news