Show us the detail Colin! (ctd)

While it is evident that as a minor party, the Conservatives will have little effect on fiscal policy, the real issue is where this Party sits on the political spectrum. The Conservatives are quick to pan the disease of ‘entitleitis’ in the left, they are subject to the same malady when it comes to large families.

Not only would the first $20,000 of income be tax free, but there would be an unknown tax free increase for each dependent and he would also support income sharing between spouses. If this were to replace Working for Families, there would still be a huge gap in government revenue. These policies are not costed and the offset suggested “we will make savings” is simply not good enough.

This from Colin Craig’s “Ask Colin” on Conservative Party website – $20 K tax free increased for each dependant  & income splitting- so blow out lot more than $6.4 billion:

Hi Colin

What is your parties view income sharing?

If my wife and I both earned half of my current salary each our household after tax income would be $10,000 greater!

We are being penalised for choosing to have my wife stay at home and raise our 3 under 5 children (rather than sticking them in day care!)


And Colin’s reply

Hi Brendan

Yes we are way behind other OECD countries on this one.

In NZ there is a structure to recognise families, but instead of reducing taxation we have a dependency model whereby the government takes full tax and then hands out money to selected families and the more children and poorer you are, the more you get.

We are opposed to the idea that government should take the money of hard working kiwis and then decide which families it will support. Instead we think that people should be responsible for (and pay for) their own choices.

Our taxation model is a simple one whereby the first $20,000 of personal income is tax free. This tax free threshold is increased for each dependent so a larger family choosing to live off a single average income pays no tax. All the money goes home and they live off that income.

In respect of education (pre-school in this case) we believe that funding made available for Day Care should also be made available for mums (or dad’s) that raise pre-schoolers at home. Best first teacher is the parent and it is time to recognise that.

A level playing field where parents can choose between two equally funded options makes best sense.

Good Questions – Colin

Apart from Colin totally side-stepping the income splitting question…

The Conservative Party is turning children into profit centers.

The more kids you have, the less tax you pay…

And mums will be paid to stay at home to look after the children.   Or dads (I hope?)

Now, why isn’t that out there as a clear, readable policy?

We should be able to see a nice table for this too – you know, 2 kids, 3 kids, 4, kids… over certain income brackets.  Costed, of course.

Where is the detail, Colin?

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