Media watch – Friday

8 June 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. High Flying Duck

     /  June 8, 2018

    Brian Fallow has a good article on the Tax Working Group. While I disagree with many of the policies he mentions, what is clear is that the TWG terms of reference are very tightly written to achieve the predetermined outcome Labour wants:

    “The Government has given the Tax Working Group chaired by Sir Michael Cullen a well-nigh impossible task.

    Its terms of reference are peppered with the word “fair”. It occurs seven times. How can the tax system be made “fair, balanced and efficient”?

    But the terms of reference go on to rule out all the obvious ways of making it fairer.

    …the working group is not allowed to recommend any increase in income tax rates.
    …Inheritance tax is also ruled out of consideration, despite the obvious equity argument for having one.
    Real capital gains are also income, and the Government has clearly pointed the tax working group’s gaze in that direction.
    But the family home is off limits for any capital gains tax, and the ground under it for any land tax.
    But perhaps the most unfortunate restriction on the scope of the Tax Working Group’s task, from the standpoint of fairness, is that it has been instructed not to consider the interaction between the tax system and the transfer (welfare) system.

    Victoria University of Wellington economists Simon Chapple and Toby Moore, in a wide-ranging and trenchant submission to the Tax Working Group, argue that this makes no sense.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12066124

  2. Gezza

     /  June 8, 2018

    http://womenofinfluence.co.nz/

    I’m going to make a nomination – any suggestions?

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 8, 2018

      Kitty?

      • Gezza

         /  June 8, 2018

        She certainly influences Corks. Just mostly not in the way she possibly intends.
        Moves him to tears, I imagine, at times. 😉

      • Gezza

         /  June 8, 2018

        Very highly thought of by the Avian Aviation Authority on ornithological matters.

    • Gezza

       /  June 8, 2018

      Gonna pick ma up and take her out for morning tea at 11 am. I’ll be asking her too. Will report back. Bet she says Jacinda.

      • Gezza

         /  June 8, 2018

        Ma was hopeless, I’m sorry to say. “I don’t know. Who is there? I can’t think of any” was the best she could manage.

        When I said “Well, what about Jacinda?” she replied, “Oh, yes, I suppose – I guess it would have to be, wouldn’t it?” but she was so hesitant about even that that I can’t regard that as a ringing endorsement.

        I possibly should’ve asked her in the cafe, before she had her toasted cheese & tomato sandwich and her free latté. 😕

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 8, 2018

    Twitter gold!