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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Don Brash's PR team write about taxes, but STILL NO POLICY

Just received this personal communication from Don Brash's PR people (ie a mass email):
Tax policy will be a defining issue at this election, and it's a stark choice between Labour, who want more of your hard earned money, and National, who think that you are the best person to decide how your money is spent. Rather than personal attacks and gutter politics, National is fighting this election on the issues that matter to mainstream New Zealanders. We have already announced that the cost of childcare for pre-school children will be tax deductible for working parents up to $5000 per child; and that the interest on student loans will be tax deductible against earned income in New Zealand. And we will be announcing the other components of our tax policy within the next couple of weeks.
Thats all nice and fluffy, but where's the actual policy? And just as importantly, where's the background information and economic assumptions used to create the policy?

I wonder if I can sign up to Labour Party campaign updates as well...

p.s. someone tell the Nats to stop putting Javascript code in its emails. Completely inappropriate behaviour.

UPDATE: Am now mainlined into Labour's PR Machine. I wait in anticipation for the expected 6th pledge: "The Army gets 100,000 more bullet-sheathing enclosures called rounds and/or cartridges by 2008".

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 8/16/2005 02:41:00 PM

14 Comments:

Blogger Murray said...

Someone just go round and give National a damn good kick up arse all round.

They're bloody deadweight in this campaign.

8/16/2005 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Tax policy to be announced on Monday according to RLW News

8/16/2005 03:34:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

They're launching their campaign this weekend aren't they.

8/16/2005 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger Aaron Bhatnagar said...

August 22. Actually Murray, rather sensible of National. They have said that they want to have maximum publicity, will suspend politicking for the day of Lange's memorial service, and will launch the policy when NZ is no longer remembering David Lange.

8/16/2005 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Gooner said...

This campaign has been suspended whilst Lange lingers.
He will be all the news so smart of the Nats to delay. But I see they are giving another rebate to eldercare workers - a travelling expenses rebate.

So far we have student loan rebate (i'm unaffected); a childcare rebate (unaffected); and an eldercare worker rebate (unaffected). Three strikes and you're out National!

Tax cuts benefit all. Rebates is a targeted tax cut, much like WFF.

8/16/2005 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

If ACT simply announced their tax scheme as a series of rebates for low and middle income NZ, with a business rebate and a success rebate (for the higher earners), with ALL adjustments made at time of salary payments, automatically by the employer, every-one would apparently go "oh, that's far more sensible."

Remember, Labour followers don't see it a vote, but as a purchase order.

8/16/2005 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I really liked "Tax cuts by Christmas".

8/16/2005 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

It was a speech typo. They meant to say "Tax Policy by Christmas"

8/16/2005 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

AL, I hope she'll give them some cartridge cases and propelent. Rounds, if you please. The bullet is just the itty bit which flies out through the muzzle of the rifle (not gun)

8/16/2005 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Adolf - perhaps in that case, a few guns should be thrown in as well. Unless you want them throwing the bullets at the enemy...

I await Thursday, Friday, and Monday for its tax/economy implications with interest.

8/16/2005 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Adolf, I've seen you use that exact same criticism before ;-)

8/16/2005 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

How about cartridges.

8/16/2005 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Sorry AL. I couldn't resist the thought of those soldiers sitting there looking at abloody great pile of bullets and saying 'What the hell do we do now?' The way this Labour outfit funds and manages defense, the thought is not so far fetched at all.

8/16/2005 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Reminds me of the AG's report on the LAVs. The Army spent $600mil on them but neglected to budget for proper levels of spare parts and for the depreciation cost of the LAVs themselves.

Duh.

But then the AG also said 25 extra LAV's were needlessly bought, so i guess they could be cannibalised.

8/16/2005 05:45:00 PM  

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