I don’t like Peter Dunne. I haven’t liked him since he was still in Labour. I think he is a self-absorbed pompous twat with a silly hair cut. That however is personal and somewhat silly on my part. What I really don’t like about Peter Dunne is that he has squatted in the Revenue Minister’s job for quite some time leveraging power that far exceeds his station in life.
Now he has come over all po-faced and serious and pushed his income splitting bill into the house. Quite simply the bill will provide a hideous distortion in taxation, far worse than Working For Families has already provided, and no good can come of it.
I was contacted via Facebook by a concerned parent who thought that though Peter Dunne won’t listen to her, he might listen to a pushy blogger ( I understand she has got the fob-off from the bouffant tosser in the past). This is her message, and it is one I 100% agree with.
I’m a single working mother; I work extremely hard to support my daughter on my own. I don’t receive any government assistance (no Working for Families, miss out on that too), and I’m quite happy about that. I’d rather pay my own way, than rely on a handout.
However, if this bill is passed, I will be paying an additional $4,000 tax per year than a family with exactly the same total income as myself (Around $70k). However, I’ll still have to pay $85 per week for after-school care. That figure triples in school holidays. A family with two parents might not have that expense (particularly if one parent is at home with the kids). In addition, my daughter doesn’t get the benefits that other children with stay-home mums do – such as the opportunity to attend after-school activities like ballet, netball, and so on. So my daughter is doubly disadvantaged.
I find the income-splitting bill incredibly unfair; basically, it suggest that single parents should be subject to a higher tax rate than married or defacto parents, simply due to their relationship status. In effect, it says that the children of two-parent families are more deserving of additional support than the children of single parents. And, quite frankly, I feel that my daughter should be just as valuable as any other child in NZ – and I strongly oppose ANY legislation which would suggest otherwise.
Peter Dunne’s income splitting bill should be dumped and so should he. It is unfair, discriminatory and creates distortions in our already bloated and distorted tax system.
Peter Dunne purports to represent some of the christian vote, perhaps he should consult Jeremiah 49:11 when pushing this bill thorough.
Jeremiah 49:11 (King James Version)
11Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.
In my book sole parents are the modern day equivalent of the “widows and orphans”.