Labour is defending information it published in pamphlets being distributed nation-wide which compare household costs with and without a 15 per cent GST.
The taxpayer-funded pamphlets, of which there are hundreds of thousands, zone in on the impacts the Government’s policies are having on public services and the income and spending power of New Zealanders.
The pamphlets include a basic statistics column citing an example of a monthly power bill figure of $189.34, saying “plus National’s 15 per cent GST” of $28.40 it will increase the bill to $217.74.
A desperate attempt to gain relevance, lacking in a skerrick of intellectual honesty.
National Party and Tukituki electorate MP Craig Foss this morning said the comparison as “misleading” and an apology and retraction was needed from Labour.
With GST having already having been introduced by Labour – and increased to 12.5 per cent – years before National came to power, trying to pass the increase off as 15 per cent when it was in fact going up 2.5 per cent from October 1 was not on, he said.
“They totally misrepresent the fact that GST is switching from 12.5 to 15 (per cent)…the fact that the taxpayer is funding these pamphlets makes it worse and I think the Labour Party owes New Zealand an apology and should issue a correction”, he told NZPA.
It would be like National putting out a pamphlet after Cullen’s rich prick tax increase, and saying:
* Your weekly income on $65,000 = $1,300
* Dr Cullen’s increased tax rates = $336
* Your income after Dr Cullen’s tax = $964
I suggest someone complain to the Advertising Standards Authority.