Tax Minister David Parker’s speech about his quest for better information about who is paying how much in taxes and the development of tax principles can now be found on the Beehive website.
The speech (yet to be posted when Point of Order reported yesterday) mentions “an important stage of the project”, which will be wide public consultation on the proposed principles and reporting framework. It’s a shame Parker couldn’t persuade his Cabinet colleagues to take the same principled approach to
- The discriminatory consultative process adopted by the Ardern government to develop Treaty-based governance and constitutional arrangements; and
- Constantly changing “Treaty principles”.
Parker wants the tax principles enacted in a Bill before the end of the current Parliamentary term, resulting in the Tax Principles Act taking its place alongside the Tax Administration Act and other revenue Acts “to create the tax system that New Zealanders can understand and be proud of”.
The speech was posted alongside news of exemption cards becoming available – no, not an exemption from having to pay taxes. The card attests to an exemption from having to wear a mask.
And Energy Minister Megan Woods brings news of Auckland harbour ferries being set to get quieter, cleaner and greener, thanks to two new fully-electric ferries for commuters and sightseers to travel on.
The project is a collaboration between the Government, Auckland Transport, EV Maritime and boat builders McMullen & Wing.
Auckland Transport receives a $27 million grant funding from the Government to pay around 75% of the costs of constructing two new electric ferries.
The funding comes from the Infrastructure Reference Group’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
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