Angry and Robbo’s budget comments


Labour leader Andrew Little said the total package meant it would be the top income earners, that would benefit the most. The problem with the Accommodation Supplement was that it tended to be a subsidy to landlords.

“And actually, there’s a pretty good consensus – even amongst National Party MPs – we are going to have to do something about it, because it’s fuelling the wrong kind of response as a solution.”

But Little was also not opposed to threshold changes, if Labour became the Government after the September election.

“We won’t support the current tax package, we’re totally committed to our policy platform, which is rebuilding the social foundations. But the truth is there is also additional tax revenue, so we’ll go away and do the sums,” he said.

But the Government had not achieved the right balance, in supporting struggling families.

“I’ve always said that periodically we should shift the tax brackets… but I think the package that’s been put together for this budget favours those very top income earners – people over $127,000 according to their figures, do very well out of it – whereas those on low incomes don’t.

“And I think it’s got the skew wrong, and that’s why we need to have a closer look at it.”

Finance spokesman Grant Robertson said the budget was a “double-parked ambulance at the bottom of a cliff”.

“Steven Joyce has failed to deliver a plan to fix the housing crisis, build affordable homes for first home buyers, end homelessness, or fund our hospitals and schools properly,” he said.

Over the 9 years that Labour were running the joint they didn’t do a single effective thing towards these issues either.

The sad thing is that New Zealand as a whole is starting to go the way of Auckland – under-investment in basic infrastructure.  And soon the problem will be so big that they can’t be solved by any government.

The only advantage is the surpluses ahead.   But this government is spending it on buying left-wing votes.


– Stuff

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