*I support it being lowered. Malcolm
*If Brash thinks marijuana is not harmful - he must be on it. Ian
*We are taxed enough already. Govt is alwats looking at new ways to raise revenue for consumption. Al
*Governments here love to kill the goose that lays the golden egg! Willy
*I do not support a higher tax take for the simple reason of; those with money will always find ways not to pay while the us at the bottom do not have access to the creative tax loop holes that the better off seem to have.
How about a flat tax rate of say 25 cents in the dollar. For everything and everyone. Whether you earn $8000 on the dole or $8million in a business. No tax breaks etc but everyone paying the same. No excise tax or Capital Gains, No interest or tax on Rates, No GST on Power etc.
No Govt handouts to "special interest groups" like Waitangi Treaty claims or NZSO or Company Bailouts. The only exception I would make would be in the case of Natural Disasters ie; Chch Earthquake.
Get rid of Kyoto and Carbon trading schemes along with all the red tape BS that hinders ordinary NZers from working quickly and smarter. Make earning Export dollars a postive thing but also support the local ecomony with fair wages and fair prices for the basic food and life needs. Spread the base economy over the entire country, not just Auckland. Get small towns productive again. The next govt is going to have some hard decisions to make and they have to be fair and they have to begin to think outside the finacial square.
The current world economic mess can be laid fair and square at George W Bush's war mongering door. We need to think of NZ first and the rest of the world and special needs groups second and third. There is no need to be seen to dispense charity and largesse while the goose starves. Wendy
*Hands off my property and income! Reuben
*Tax the rich pricks to support more benefit funded alcohol and drug users and baby factories? I don't think this is the answer. John
*Debating who is rich or poor - who should pay whatever level of tax is a issue that is bounced by all political groups. We only need one tax level which is presented as GST. Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief - everybody pays when they spend! This would put NZ on the map for all the right reasons! Mark
*Most emphatically NO! Just for info - my salary is a mere 60000 so the top tax would not affect me. Peter
*NO NO NO. NZ'ers have had enough! Why can't these people get it through their THICK skulls that 'when people prosper the country does too'! We are being micro-controlled and heavily taxed enough!!!! I see family violence is on the rise and they are blaming alcohol - does anyone stop to think that maybe these issues are developing BECAUSE of the system we are trapped in?????NEW ZEALANDERS - WE NEED TO BREAK THESE CHAINS. Vote ACT or http://www.libertarianz.org.nz
We have got to get rid of these apartheid, maniacal penal minded politician's. Trina