“…No ifs, no buts, no caveats, I will repeal this CGT as Prime Minister of New Zealand ” – a statement so categorical that it made John Key’s 2008 commitment never to raise GST, look timid;
“National is not going to be raising GST.National wants to cut taxes not raise taxes.”
Except, he did.
In October 2010, Key’s National government increased GST from 12.5% to 15%.
Minister Tracey Martin has a moment in our history to do the right thing. Fran Wilde led the way with gay law reform.
But the movement for social justice and inclusion did not end thirty-three years ago. Just as the feminist movement still has much to accomplish.
We cannot, as a society, exclude a small minority by creating a system or practice that separates people according to their status as trans-gendered.
That is apartheid.Read More →
As property investors/speculators; assorted financiers; and their political-wing, the National Party, ramp up their opposition to a capital gains tax to a stridency approaching hysteria, current party leader, Simon Bridges, has used the mainstream media to push his highly propagandised (and highly emotive and misleading) messages;Read More →
The increase in child obesity occurred under National’s watch and was not helped by then-Minister of Education, Anne Tolley and then-Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, who scrapped the previous Labour government’s Healthy Food in Schools policy;Read More →