行动党领袖John Banks 今天要求工党和绿党解释“电力系统国营化计划”中6.7亿元的资金“黑洞“。
公有发电厂的市值将大幅下滑，纳税人将失去他们的财产。就在昨天Contact电力， Trust 电力和 Infratil 等公用股下跌超3亿元。投资者和kiwisave持有人已经承受经济损失。
因为海外投资者担心政府粗暴干预市场，他们将远离新西兰市场。 我们急需的资本投资将越来越少，商业将停止扩展。 缺少投资将损害整个社会。
Labour’s David Parker has shown remarkable ignorance of his own Government’s poor economic record with his claim today that a current account deficit of 7% puts New Zealand’s economy in a ‘danger zone’, ACT Leader John Banks said today
“Under the last Labour Government, the current account deficit was 8.7%, 8.0%, 8.0%, and 7.9% of GDP in the years ended March 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively. But did we hear Labour warning of us of the ‘danger zone’ then?” Mr Banks said.
“Labour claims that it’s the policies of the National Government that has caused our economic growth to suffer. But the reality is, it’s National’s failure to wind back Labour’s wasteful spending binges that’s the problem.
“Labour’s policies of big government spending undermined the competiveness of exports and firms competing with imports, and turned surpluses in the balance between exports and imports into deficits.
“But rather than see the error of their ways, Labour is doomed to repeat their mistakes.
“Labour’s continued commitment to intrusive regulation of New Zealanders’ financial affairs, its antipathy to commercial enterprise and its love of big, wasteful and ineffectual government programmes show that it has learnt nothing from the mess the Clark-Government had made of the economy by 2008.
“If David Parker and Labour are serious about improving competiveness, they should join with ACT in calling for less government spending and lower tax rates to give our internationally exposed industries a greater ability to compete. Less restrictive labour market legislation and RMA reform would also help,” Mr Banks said.
如果政府核心支出可以减少到GDP的百分之二十九， 把税率定为百分之二十， 加上百分之十五的消费税（GST)，政府依然有足够的运行资金。
New Zealand First’s policy to offer a lower tax rate of 20 per cent to exporters only is a half-baked idea best fed to the dog, ACT Leader John Banks said today.
“ACT has always believed that lower taxes are the best way to boost our economic performance, but this is a classic example of a political party picking winners to further its own agenda,” Mr Banks said.
“Why give a tax privilege to exporters, but not to the equally valiant manufacturers competing locally with imports? To fail to treat them equally is inconsistent with New Zealand First’s professed concern to export more and import less.
“Unlike New Zealand First, ACT believes that everyone would benefit from lower taxes, not just exporters.
“A recent Treasury and IRD paper found that personal income tax reductions would be the most effective measure for boosting economic welfare.
“ACT would like to see a 20 per cent tax rate rolled out across the board so that families, individuals, and businesses can all benefit. But to do that we must cut out wasteful government spending.
“If core crown expenditure is reduced to 29 per cent of GDP, a tax rate of 20 per cent along with 15 per cent GST would be more than enough to fund government spending, with a substantial welfare safety net.
“If New Zealand First is really serious about boosting economic growth, they should support a lower tax rate of 20 per cent for everyone coupled with lower government spending, rather than picking specific groups to bestow government privileges on,” Mr Banks said.
“行动党一直都在要求更低，更平稳的所得税税率” John Banks说。
ACT leader John Banks today welcomed the release of an IRD and Treasury paper that found that personal income tax reductions would be the most effective tax measure for boosting economic welfare.
"ACT has always argued for a lower, flatter structure for income tax rates," said Mr Banks.
"Ideally we would like to see a single rate for the income tax in New Zealand, and it would not be higher than 20 per cent. With GST at 15 per cent, that would be more than enough to fund government spending on collective consumption of the order of 6-7 per cent of GDP and a substantial welfare safety net.
"The Western World has overstretched itself with high tax rates to fund welfare dependency and once-poor Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong have outstripped New Zealanders in just one lifetime, in good part by not following this degenerative route.
"The 2025 Taskforce reported in 2009 that cutting core Crown expenses to 29 per cent of GDP would, at that time, have allowed the maximum personal tax rate, and the company and trust tax rates, all to be reduced to 20 per cent.
"What made this unattainable is Labour’s dramatic increase in government spending from 29.1% of GDP in 2004/5 to 34.6% in 2008/09, which put a large strain on government finances in the global financial crisis downturn. By increasing spending, Labour squandered the growth dividend from the very reforms that it scorned.
“ACT's Spending Cap Bill, in its original form, would have forced Labour to go directly to the electorate to obtain its approval for its irresponsible spending increases.
We believe New Zealanders still need the protection of such a measure.
"The latest IRD/Treasury assessment is yet another reminder of how disgraceful and economically illiterate a former Labour Minister of Finance was in dismissing sensible mainstream economic tax policy advice from Treasury as an 'ideological burp'.
"He and his colleagues were the ideologues, and doubtless still are,” Mr Banks said.
The report can be found here: http://taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2013-other-savings-investment.pdf
中小企业占了新西兰企业总数的 97%，并贡献率了40%的国内生产总值。当前大部分中小企业生存艰难， 他们与供应商的议价能力微乎其微， 也没有能力应对持续上涨的运营成本。
ACT Leader John Banks today welcomed National’s decision to scrap their proposed carpark tax.
“This is great news for small business in central Auckland and Wellington, and better news for employees,” Mr Banks said.
“CBD Auckland is struggling. Small business in Queen St and Lambton Quay are hurting.
“More compliance costs and more tax is the last thing they need.
"The ACT Party made it clear that it did not support this proposal.
“National has made the right decision,” Mr Banks said.
I rise on behalf of the ACT Party and the people of Epsom to support the Statement from the Prime Minister.
Over the summer break I have been out-and-about talking to New Zealanders - taking stock.
New Zealanders are working harder and longer for less.
What they want is the freedom to achieve though their own effort and enterprise.
They don’t want hand outs - most reject the entitlement society.
They back the Prime Minister. They rate John Key.
They don’t see Labour, the Greens and Winston First – the coalition of the Dispirited, the Deluded and the Bewildered - as an alternative Government.
They don’t see David Shearer as a Prime Minister, even less Russel Norman as Finance Minster.
I tell them that under MMP it could happen. They tell me to work hard to make sure it doesn’t.
I will be.
The ACT Party and the people of Epsom back John Key as Prime Minister. But we want him to do more to resist and roll back the entitlement society.
We want this Government to expand the freedom to achieve.
What Labour promises in hands-on-government is a government of hand outs - the sapping culture of entitlement.
In Labour’s world to get ahead is to put your hand in the pocket of the taxpayer.
It is not about the freedom to achieve through the enterprise of your efforts. It’s about taking from someone else’s hard work.
Young Aucklanders want to buy or build a home with a back yard. Yet the median house price in Auckland is now almost seven times the median household income.
Auckland is almost as unaffordable as London.
We know that housing unaffordability is complex. However the major culprit is central and local government – the RMA, metropolitan urban limits and building regulation.
What’s the Opposition response?
Labour promises to build government houses to fix a problem largely created by government. No word on where the money will come from to build ten thousand houses a year. Mr Shearer promised $300,000 dollar homes. Now he’s backtracked and said $300,000 is just the median value. In Auckland they will be chicken coops.
On Sunday, Mr Shearer told the country that he is going to hold a conference this year to work out his policy. That’s after he has announced it. Not good enough.
Labour have shown they are not serious. They have not uttered one word on RMA reform.
Here is my prediction; they will vote against every major RMA reform this year that will help young New Zealanders get their first home without a government handout.
Now the Greens won’t be outdone in the auction of make-believe money.
For them the Government will not only build the house but loan you the money to buy it. What they won’t say is how many houses or how much it will cost.
What we do know is that you can’t have a backyard for the kids to play in and the RMA can’t be touched.
After promising make believe houses with make-believe money, the next day the Greens attacked the dairy industry that helps New Zealand earn its way in the real world and pays the taxes they are so keen on spending.
For them wealth is created by the printing press - not by working hard, taking risks, selling things other people want and saving.
This year we need major RMA reform.
I have told the Government we have a one-in-twenty year chance to get it right and get it done.
We need to be bold. ACT will be helping.
In other areas, the Government is moving towards giving New Zealanders the freedom to achieve and away from the policies of handouts and the politics of entitlement that the Opposition are keen on.
ACT wants National to pick up the pace.
Here are three examples.
Partnership Schools are about the freedom to achieve for talented educators, dedicated parents, and for kids who need a break. It gives educators another option in our education system, a system that currently sees almost one in five students missing out.
We will have a Bill providing for regulatory standards around increased disclosure for Government Bills. This will help New Zealanders better gauge whether any reduction of their freedom is justified.
ACT’s Spending Cap will help New Zealanders better understand how much politicians spend and how good that spending is. Politicians will have to signal their spending plans in advance.
These initiatives and others will help get government off the backs and out of the pockets of New Zealanders.
ACT wants the Government to keep moving towards the freedom to achieve and away from the culture of entitlement that saps independence.
We reject Mr Shearer’s hands-on government of hand outs.
We know anything is possible however humble your origins, if you simply give New Zealanders the freedom to achieve.