Govts which can't pass tax Bills should resign
Jim Anderton MP Wed Sep 1 1999
The failure of proposed tax legislation means the
Government should call an election immediately, Alliance
leader Jim Anderton says.
'A Government which cannot pass
its main tax Bill cannot claim any mandate to remain in
office,' he said today following the announcement that the
National Party would not try to pass a law before the
election to amend tax scales from 1 April next year.
legislation is always confidence legislation, and the main
tax Bill which sets income tax rates is more of a confidence
measure than any other single piece of legislation.
withdrawal of the proposed tax Bill in the face of
inevitable defeat amounts to much the same thing as actual
defeat of it.
'I have never heard of a government which
couldn't pass its tax legislation through Parliament,
because you can't be the Government unless you can get tax
'The Government is now lingering in
office without even a parliamentary mandate. It should
announce the election date and go to the country now,' Jim
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