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Crisis of underinvestment means Govt must reconsider bribes

Crisis of underinvestment means Govt must reconsider election bribes


11 APRIL 2018
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Claims of underinvestment in health and education should naturally lead to the Government reconsidering its expensive non-essential election bribes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “Clearly the Government believes it’s facing a crisis of underinvestment and needs to spend a lot of money on hospitals and schools to get them up to scratch.”

“So, why is the Government wasting $400 million a year on free university? This expensive policy is regressive in how it taxes working New Zealanders for the benefit of a relatively privileged group.”

“Being in government is all about making hard choices. Prioritising hospitals and schools over handouts for high-earning uni graduates should be a relatively one.”

“The Government is clearly trying to warm us up to the idea of more taxes. But any ordinary household would respond to unexpected costs by cutting back on luxuries, not by robbing their neighbours. The Government should re-evaluate its own ‘nice-to-have’s before digging deeper into taxpayers’ pockets.”

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