INDEPENDENT NEWS

Tariff deal shows Government’s true colours

Published: Fri 24 Mar 2000 12:23 AM
John Luxton
Opposition International Trade Negotiations Spokesperson
Friday 24 March 2000
Tariff deal shows Government’s true colours
New Zealand families and manufacturers will be the losers from the Alliance’s victory over Labour in stalling tariff reductions, National International Trade Negotiations spokesperson John Luxton said today.
“Up front, without the flow-on effects, that decision will take at least $40 million a year out of the pockets of New Zealanders,” Mr Luxton said.
According to a National Business Review report, the Alliance has won out over Labour and secured a deal to freeze tariffs at 1999 levels for five years. Labour’s pre-election policy would have held tariffs at 2000 levels, allowing this year’s scheduled tariff drop from 19 percent to 15 percent on goods including imported shoes and clothing to go ahead.
“New Zealanders have really benefited the lower cost of imported goods. You only need to visit any Warehouse store to see that,” John Luxton said.
“Families living on a tight budget find it easier to get by thanks to the lower prices brought about by the successive tariff reductions that National instituted.
“They have also lowered costs of imported raw materials for manufacturers and farmers.
“The Alliance would rather erect trade barriers and pretend they are helping New Zealand businesses by shielding them from competition.
“If this secret deal between the Alliance and Labour is true, it is another sign of the Government showing its true colours.
“Many people were lulled into a false sense of security by Labour, believing it would be moderate and sensible. But day by day the Government is showing just how out of touch with reality it is.
“It perversely believes New Zealand families will be better off if they have to pay more for their imports,” Mr Luxton said.
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the Commerce Commission fuel report
By: Gordon Campbell
Bill to allow licensed premises to stay open for RWC matches
By: New Zealand Government
KiwiBuild programme losing another top boss
By: RNZ
Helping our cities grow up and out
By: New Zealand Government
Ngāpuhi elder 'shocked' by conditions at Ngawha Prison
By: RNZ
Independent election policy costing unit a step closer
By: New Zealand Government
Primary and intermediate principals vote to accept new offer
By: NZEI
Breach of 'journalistic privilege' during unlawful search
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
BSA releases decisions on coverage of mosque attacks
By: Broadcasting Standards Authority
UPDATE: Lack of fuel competition may be costing $400m
By: BusinessDesk
Breaking wholesale stranglehold on petrol supply
By: BusinessDesk
Commission releases draft report on retail fuel market
By: Commerce Commission
CommComm report will lead to more regulation, but same price
By: ACT New Zealand
MTA pumped with fuel market study findings
By: Motor Trade Association
Oil reserves budget blow out reason for quiet levy increase
By: NZ Energy and Environment Business Week
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media