Michael Woodhouse’s move to bypass parliamentary approval of tax changes via Orders of Council would take taxpayers’ rights back 327 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The move was first noticed by the Taxpayers’ Union last week.
“The Bill of Rights 1689, a mainstay of New Zealand law, is clear: no taxes should be levied without the authority of Parliament," says Mr Seymour. "So why is Michael Woodhouse breaking 327 years of precedent? And why didn’t he propose the change earlier, when it could have been debated in the Taxation Bill’s first reading?