David Cunliffe on Earthquake taxes

Seems as if the Silent T who cannot tell a lie, is very much on the same page as the Green Taliban’s co-leader when it comes to taxes.

Both David Cunliffe and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei appear to be united in favour of extra new taxes on us all to pay when natural disasters strike.

The ABC hot line strikes again. 


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  • conwaycaptain

    Tax wouldn’t worry him and his wife. You can bet your bottom dollar they pay the least tax possible with things tied up in trusts etc.

    • LesleyNZ

      They live well – very well.

    • BJ

      Many carbon credits too no doubt

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Memo to The Secret Millionaire: We already pay earthquake taxes, they’re called EQC levies. Just fuck off with your extra taxes would ya. Ta.

    • Patrick

      “The Secret Millionaire” – very apt description, & nothing wrong with that good luck to him. Just don’t try to pull the wool as Cunliffe is at present. Why does he want family kept out of his campaigning? Because his circumstances would not resonate with his constituents, all that bro talk? Closest he gets is winding down the window as his car passes down Great South Road.

  • LesleyNZ

    He must think we are stupid.

    • Muffin

      The average labour voter probably is!

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      30% of Kiwis are….We could be the only nation which happily votes for tax increases….

      • johnbronkhorst

        Yes the 30% that don’t have to pay them!
        Bit like the raising of the retirement age…bet not too many 63 year olds are voting for that one, but almost all 23 year olds are.

  • In Vino Veritas

    And therein lies the problem. Cunliffe claims that “well placed spending” is a bigger multiplier than tax cuts in terms of economic growth. Labour have spent profligately in the past and we have seen nothing for it, otherwise we would have had money in the bank in 2008, and would not have been looking at a permanent structural deficit at that time. I assume that he believes the purchase of Kiwirail was “well placed spending”.
    Governments have proven themselves over a long period of time, to be incapable of “well placed spending”, and I see nothing from Cunliffe, Robertson and Jones that would change that. On the contrary, they are spending to bribe voters to vote for them.

    • mike

      So typical labour then…

  • tarkwin

    It doesn’t matter what the question is or who is in charge, with Labour the answer will always be “Tax more and spend more”. Simple really.

  • mike

    Good. I was starting to get worried that I didn’t get taxed enough… Thanks David, I do enjoy struggling from pay to pay.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Guys – I have been telling you for a long time, the smelling hippies have been planning the Earthquake tax of 3% on all income over 60K for a long time and the Hippie and Tuatara would make it a condition for their support. Curryleaf will happily accept that. NZ will be taxed to death like France. Book your tickets now while you have money left in the bank.

    • Patrick

      Over $60k – so just Cullen’s Rich Pricks then? That must come as a relief to many.

      • lofty

        It’s ( I will never accept a knighthood) SIR Michael Cullen’s rick pricks to you Patrick.

  • philbest

    If he is that worried about the cost of earthquake disasters, he could pay some attention to urban planners who centralise and intensify urban economies right on major fault lines…… half of Wgtn CBD is built on land that was upthrust out of the harbour in the 1855 “Big One”.

    Not to mention nearly 2000 “heritage designated” buildings that are half falling down already.

  • Greg

    How can these so called parties for the people keep on imposing new taxes, I don’t get it how they have support from the so called lower class!

    • OT Richter

      Becuase the new taxes don’t hurt the lower class…. but in the long run of course they do.

  • cows4me

    Well that’s it then, if the Browns get to rule it will be a natural disaster. Expect heaps of tax.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    If Labour got back in they will fuck the country again, and man can Cunliffe and Rainbow Robbie tell bullshit by the answers they gave in a couple of videos previous on this site.

  • drummerboy

    As someone who thinks along the lines of Austrian economics i cringe every time he comments on economics

  • Bryan

    well I’m waiting for labour to return the 100 million that they helped themselves from the EQC fund about the time before the Edgecombe earthquake. They were going through helping themselves to anything in quangos accounts and Yes that right it’s money that we paid in under OUR insurance policys private money put aside to cover a major disaster now you do the sums add up the 100 million plus interest from then to now they owe us the insurance payers of NZ about 1 billion Now think what that would do for EQC Now if they had that available to help payout claims to people in Christchurch
    so we should file a claim on the party and if they fail to pay declare the organisation bankrupt which it is in policy and performance and honesty