Tax Cuts Give Half A Loaf Of Bread To Students
The tax cut plan announced by the National Party would give the average university student half a loaf of bread a week says University of Canterbury Students' Association President Darel Hall.
"Unfortunately that does not stack up against increased costs for driver
licences ($30), car registration ($40), fees ($340), electricty (over 10%), reduced access to the Community Wage, restrictions on Allowances, and the high cost of servicing student loan debt"
"The most recent information available (CM Research November 1996) demonstrates the average university income is approximately $15 000. The tax cut represents a net increase of income of one-third of one percent, or about a dollar a week: half a loaf of bread. What this government gives with one hand it takes away with an army of hands."
"Students are after a fair deal not a free ride. This government has proven unable to engage in constructive dialogue and policy development to enhance the confidence of students that National can deliver a fair deal," Mr Hall said.