Russel Norman has come up with a whole new tax: Â The Farmer Water Tax. Â 3 News has the story:
The Green Party says it’s considering a water tax on farmers, but it’s not saying how much.
Co-leader Russel Norman said on The Nation it’ll be up for the industry to decide what’s appropriate.
“It is [the Greens' intention to charge for use of irrigation],” says Dr Norman. “There should be some price. We should negotiate with industry what that price should be for irrigation water.”
It’s not the first time the Greens have floated the idea; in 2011 they campaigned on taxing farmers 10 cents per tonne of water used. But this time around, Dr Norman is remaining tight-lipped on what the tax would be.
Of course he is. Â The idea of a water tax is bad enough. Â The last thing he wants is people to know how much he’s coming for. Â Read more »