Grant Robertson has laid a complaint with the Speaker’s Office, alleging that John Key misled parliament.
Prime Minister John Key is facing a breach of privilege complaint over his claim Inland Revenue told him changes to the KiwiSaver scheme “will not make a blind bit of difference” to enrolments.
Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson said Budget papers released on Thursday showed Key had been told the opposite, and the party would make a complaint to the Speaker.
As part of the Budget, Finance Minister Bill English announced an immediate end to the $1000 payment the Government gives to anyone who signs up to KiwiSaver, known as the “kickstart” payment.
The decision, which will save $500 million over four years, immediately came under fire as cutting the incentive to join the highly popular scheme, particularly for children who are not entitled to other credits.
Questioned about the move in Parliament, a week after the May Budget, the Prime Minister said it would have no impact.
“[T]he removal of the $1,000 kick-start contribution will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver,” Key said on May 26.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei asked Key in response: “What evidence does the Prime Minister have that the sign-up rates for KiwiSaver will not be affected?”
“That is the formal advice from the Inland Revenue Department,” Key said, adding that the scheme was well organised in the workplace and providers were “extremely” well organised.
“We have got about 15,000 to 20,000 people joining in a month. I would be very, very surprised if it changes at all as a result of this.”