Greens say tax is good, not a burden at all

Russel Norman is upset because a public official used a common economic term, tax burden, …nice to know he thinks it isn’t and that their proposals for more tax won’t be a burden for anyone.

Treasury, the government’s lead economic policy advisor, has been accused of expressing ideological right wing views in a parliamentary select committee for calling tax a “burden”.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman on Wednesday questioned Treasury officials presenting the department’s long-term fiscal strategy to the finance and expenditure select committee whether the use of the term “tax burden” was a policy neutral way to describe tax, saying it reflected Treasury’s ideological position. 

“I see your point actually,” Treasury senior analyst Becky Prebble said in response. “It is funny the things you sometimes say without really thinking about it.”

Committee chair Paul Goldsmith asked if Norman would prefer the term “tax opportunity”.

“If you think tax is a burden that is just an ideological right-wing position,” Dr Norman said.

“I would just call it tax if I was a public servant trying to have a politically neutral approach to a debate on tax. I wouldn’t call it a tax burden which is a politically loaded right-wing term.”

As usual Russel Norman is wrong, tax burden is neither a left or right construct and he shows his real lack of understanding of basic economic principals which were created by the father of economics, Adam Smith, back in the 1700s.

These sorts of comments just show what a dangerous bunch of loons the Green party are.


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