INDEPENDENT NEWS

Govt short-changes NZers on April 1

Published: Sat 1 Apr 2000 06:26 PM
31 March 2000
Govt short-changes NZers on April 1
The Government's short-changing New Zealanders with its April 1 changes, Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today.
"The feel-good factor from some of the April 1 changes won't last.
"Some people might wake up on Sunday morning thinking it's good we're making people pay more tax, letting students borrow without paying any interest and stopping private companies from delivering ACC cover.
"If National had been in Office all New Zealanders in full time jobs would be getting more in their pay packets from tax cuts.
"Instead in four short months Labour's brought in three new taxes - the personal tax hike, super withdrawal tax and fringe benefit tax - breaking their election promise of only one new tax.
"In a year or so I predict people won't be feeling so good when the changes take their toll on families and businesses.
"We'll be waking up wondering why on earth as a nation wanting to encourage success, innovation and performance we're penalising people for earning more.
"We'll be dealing with the headaches and extra cost of doing business due to the three new taxes.
"We'll question whether it really was the right thing to remove the benefits small business received from safer workplaces and lower costs thanks to private companies offering ACC cover.
"We'll have that gut feeling we shouldn't have let young people get themselves into debt up to the eyeballs with free money.
"They might have sorted out pensions for today's retired - but they've done nothing to give New Zealanders certainty about what's going to happen to pensions in the future.
"The Government has put short term populism ahead of New Zealand's long term interests. We'll pay the price as businesses get bogged down in complying with tax changes, dealing with the tired old ACC and more importantly people being punished for wanting to be successful and earning more."
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Jacinda Ardern’s remarks following summit
By: New Zealand Government
NZTA Board refreshed and refocused
By: New Zealand Government
Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment Framework
By: New Zealand Government
Mana whenua reach decision on Ihumātao land
By: RNZ
PM to visit Japan and attend the UN General Assembly
By: New Zealand Government
PM's Post-Cab 16/9/19: A Way Forward
By: The Scoop Team
Gordon Campbell on allegations of left wing media bias
By: Gordon Campbell
Tighter gun laws for the safety of all
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand-Japan relationship strengthened
By: New Zealand Government
eGates open to Japanese travellers
By: New Zealand Government
Twyford is the issue, not the board
By: New Zealand National Party
Too little too late for funding switch from rail to road
By: New Zealand National Party
First national voluntary emissions offset guidelines
By: New Zealand Government
NCCRA a start but local focus needed
By: LGNZ
Forest & Bird calls for urgent action on ocean acidity
By: Forest And Bird
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media