Labour on ACC levy reductions

December 4th, 2013 at 7:39 am by David Farrar

NewstalkZB reports:

believes levy cuts next year are timed to be an election bribe.

The Government has announced earners’ levies will be cut 15 per cent and the employers’ levy by 17 per cent.

Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway says the cuts are overdue – and the timing is cynical. …

“There’s no doubt that the timing of this is designed to be an election bribe.”

Okay so in this paragraph Labour effectively says the reductions should not occur in an election year.

It’s disappointment for motorists, who’ll have to wait another year before paying lower ACC levies.

ACC had recommended cutting the motor vehicle levy by at least five per cent.

But the Government’s putting it off until 2015.

Mr Lees-Galloway says that means the least risky road users will continue subsidising the most risky.

While in this paragraph they attacking the Government for delaying motor levy cuts until 2015.

They’re not happy campers!

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9 Responses to “Labour on ACC levy reductions”

  1. Mobile Michael (367 comments) says:

    I’m sure Labour are attacking the decreases as Labour’s ACC policy is to gold plate the entitlements, so we can look forward to massive increases in premiums when they are back in power.

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  2. WineOh (432 comments) says:

    Wasn’t it more a case of waiting until ACC was fully funded ie- had enough cash to cover its future obligations from current claims?

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  3. Reid (15,624 comments) says:

    Remember interest-free student loans. No way that was an election bribe, was it.

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  4. peterwn (2,941 comments) says:

    Labour does not want ACC reductions. Labour regards ACC as an alternative social welfare outfit.

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  5. gravedodger (1,426 comments) says:

    Fair comment peterwn, but a better descriptive would be additional or supplemental

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  6. WineOh (432 comments) says:

    Another spin would be that Labour doesn’t want the books balanced so that they can point the finger of fiscal irresponsibility, completely disregarding the fact that it was their management over the prior 9 years that left the ACC coffers sorely underfunded.

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  7. smttc (638 comments) says:

    Boy, Lees-Galloway can talk from both sides of the mouth.

    Today he claims deferring lower levies for motorists means the less risky are subsidising the most risky. Whereas the other day he claimed a risk rating system would penalise the poor.

    Where exactly does he stand on this issue? Or does he just change the narrative if he thinks he isn’t getting any political traction?

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  8. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    What ,liarbor have never bribed voters with their own money before ? !

    They make me puke , they think they are so holier than thou.

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  9. Camryn (549 comments) says:

    I’m pretty sure Labour’s communications strategy is something like this…

    1. Our response to any National announcement = find fault with it.
    2. Our response to making announcements = say what the audience wants to hear.
    3. In both cases, pay no attention to whether the above make us hypocritical (with regards to past actions) or inconsistent (with regards to our supposed policies and ideologies).
    4. If in doubt, just be reflexively negative – thinking before communicating can only interfere with your negativity, so don’t!

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