‘Axe the fuel tax’ petition just cynical politics

Another National barking at a passing (albeit more expensively fueled) car. This is a further devaluing of petitions that used to be a means of public pressure on governments. Weekly or monthly petitions render the democratic tool largely worthless.

Whenever I see a petition these days, if the political party or activist organisation behind it isn’t obvious I look to see who is doing it, and for what actual purpose.

Fuel taxes rose under the last National government. Fuel taxes have risen further under the current Labour-led government.

Adding to fuel pump fright now are increasing international prices of crude oil and the new Zealand exchange rate moving against imports.

National has already strongly and hypcocritically condemned the Government for adding additional taxes, and have now chosen to raise their opportunistic politicking further, launching a petition.

Axe the Tax

The Government is driving up the cost of petrol by imposing more and more new taxes on top of record petrol prices.

The average New Zealand household is now paying $200 a year more in petrol taxes than this time last year, with Auckland families paying $324 extra as a result of higher petrol prices and this Government’s decision to hike fuel taxes. It’s pricing Kiwis out of their cars and making it harder to get ahead.

This is not accurate. It is misleading.

They don’t say what ‘the average household’ equates too, but presumably means multiple cars per average household. I don’t have an average household.

We can’t be paying on average $200 a year on petrol taxes right now – sure i am paying higher prices every time I fill the tank, but it will take a year to to pay a year’s worth of taxes, nor what we will pay for fuel over the next year.

And the ‘$324 extra’ for Auckland families may be technically correct but in reality Auckland pays less per litre than many regions even with their additional regional tax.

It needs to stop. The Government should provide immediate relief to New Zealanders by cancelling the new fuel taxes it’s imposed and putting a stop to its plans to add more.

Add your name to stand with National and stop the new fuel taxes.

What this actually means is add your name and email address and phone number to National’s petition so they can add you to their political database. There is fine print at the bottom:

By adding your name, you agree to receive email updates from the National Party. Your contact details may be used to keep you up to date with other policies and local campaigns.

The petition is more a means of duping people into signing up to be pestered by direct political marketing.

Greens and Labour did this a lot when in opposition. National have done it before and this is simply a new attempt at harvesting contact information disguised as a petition.

As well as being hypocritical and blatant harvesting, this is ridiculous.

What Government is going to start taking off taxes when presented with a petition? It would be nuts to start reacting to every increase in costs by taking off taxes. What happens if the international price of oil increases further as predicted? Another petition to reduce taxes further?

Did National ever do anything this stupid?

I doubt it. Instead they have launched about as many petitions as the Government has inquiries.

If National win the next election will they reduce every tax that has increased under the current Government – and under the last government? Will they adjust taxes down every time the price of oil goes up or the NZ exchange rate goes down?

The way National have been using petitions they are just becoming more barking at each passing car.

The use of petitions as a political weapon and method of marketing has largely made petitions useless as a legitimate way of pressuring for change.

It has become ‘just another petition’, which is just another party posturing. Parties have largely taken over and trivialised what used to be one of the means of the public pressuring the Government.

36 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  October 13, 2018

    National incereased fuel levies by 17c.
    National increased GST.

    National are …muppets.

    • David

       /  October 13, 2018

      National dropped tax rates to offset the gst increase that hit tourists, drug dealers and tax cheats.
      National ran ACC properly and vehicle registration dropped I think around 50%.
      National ran the economy properly and the dollar rose while the world looked on in admiration and that kept fuel prices low.

      • Blazer

         /  October 13, 2018

        National kowtowed to big business..privatised assets the public owned.
        National extended SKC’s monopoly and ‘gave’ them the TVNZ bldg.
        National changed the law to benefit Warners shareholders.
        National tried to make NZ a tax haven for thieves and money launderers.
        National gave a Saudi Sheik millions.
        National gave citizenship and a heads you win,tails we lose deal to a billionaire that had been in NZ 5 minutes.
        National ruined the Kiwi Dream of home ownership.
        National borrowed 80 billion for future generations to repay.
        National waged war of state housing beneficiaries.
        National lined the pockets of its cronies with the SCF bailout.
        National allowed uncontrolled immigration to gridlock Auckland and keep wages low.
        National increased accomodation supplements for rapacious landlords to garnish with increasing rents.
        National watched as NZ’s waterways got more polluted and encouraged foreigners to export free water.
        National introduced dirty ,black ops politics on a scale never seen before here.

        National could not run a..bath.

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  October 14, 2018

          Oh look bol sneaked in his out of context and bol had no alternative plan to stop austerity following the GFC which happened to a NZ economy already in recession snipe…. again…

          “National borrowed 80 billion for future generations to repay.”

          What was the alternative Bol?

          • Blazer

             /  October 14, 2018

            A Labour Govt that knew how to run the country for ALL NZ’ers.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  October 13, 2018

        Ecònomics 101

        If National runs the economy properly and the world looks on with admiration then fuel prices will stay low.
        Or
        GFC causes a slow down in world economy which reduces demand for oil pushing the price down. In NZ because Labour has run economy well, NZ books are in good shape so as US dollar falls kiwi dollar rises keeping petrol prices low.

    • Corky

       /  October 13, 2018

      ”National are …muppets”

      No, National have started their propaganda war by adding new muppets to their mailing list.
      Muppets who at the moment wouldn’t have the slightest interest in National or any crap they spout. However, closer to election time when they look at their mounting bills and Nationals new leader explains how much better off they would’ve been under National for the previous three years, then I’m sure political alliances will be revised.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  October 14, 2018

      Woof woof… bol barking at the blue car. Quelled surprise….

      Got anything to say but national bad bol?

  2. David

     /  October 13, 2018

    The risk for Ardern is she campaigned on raising excise taxes to build a tram to the Auckland airport and there is literally no progress at all and if there is none by the next election people will be asking some tough questions. She argued Auckland was gridlocked and persuaded voters that with a bit of extra cash she would fix it well she had better have something to show for 2 years of extra tax revenue.

    • duperez

       /  October 13, 2018

      Hell yeah, the tram to the airport looks likely to being finished about the time the bridges of Northland will be double-laned.

        • PartisanZ

           /  October 13, 2018

          Oh wow … one tenth of the way there …

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  October 13, 2018

            Hardly. It’s the longest one lane bridge on the main coastal highway. A lot of the others have far less traffic though the Kaeo one should be next. Also Waitangi in Paihia.

            • PartisanZ

               /  October 13, 2018

              We should keep the Waitangi Bridge one-way, it’s a cultural icon …

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 13, 2018

              It’s surely a shock to the 60+ cruise ship boat loads of tourists who get bussed over it every season. Their first introduction to NZ infrastructure after coming ashore at Waitangi.

          • PartisanZ

             /  October 13, 2018

            How do you know it’s a “shock”?

            They might think of it as quaint … or unusual … or refreshing … and if they were taught our history more accurately … [like our children should be] … they might even think it symbolic …

            But you’re ‘Right’ of course, we must do EVERYTHING here in Aotearoa NZ to cater to tourists and offshore markets … ‘Clean Green’ Plastic Culture, Pine Trees, Milk and Honey …

            • Gezza

               /  October 13, 2018

              It was a bloody shock to me. The bleeding thing is tar-seal over bloody four by two planks, isn’t it. The one next to me like that is blocked off with massive concrete blocks and condemned.

            • PartisanZ

               /  October 14, 2018

              They’re not four by twos Gezza … They’re ten by fours at least, if not twelve by sixes … and good ole’ Kiwi tar-seal had plenty of strength back in them days …

          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2018

            The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a major tourist venue, PZ. For both Kiwis and tourists. Our pollies all traipse up there every year – sometimes even our PMs when everyone’s not having hissy fits. I was just incredibly surprised to find it’s a one lane ancient structure with a blimmin passing bay:

            It’s an amazing place. Beautiful, and loaded with history. Possum recommended visiting the Museum there and Al & I did – it’s very well set up – you come away from that with a much better understanding of the Treaty, the arguments, and how it was taken around the country. I’d recommend all Kiwis make a pilgrimage there at some point. It ain’t free, but $20 to visit isn’t much.

            The little museum in Russell town is a fantastic little place to see too. There’s a one-fifth scale model of the Endeavour there that you can walk around and look into and marvel at how such a ship & crew could go to all the places they did. That’s pretty impressive technology for the time.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  October 13, 2018

    The hub of the problem is that everyone wants infrastructure but nobody wants to pay for it,

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 13, 2018

      Nobody wants to pay for useless infrastructure that they don’t and won’t use.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  October 13, 2018

        Are you the arbiter or whether infrastructure is useful or not?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 13, 2018

          To me, yes.

          • PartisanZ

             /  October 13, 2018

            The problem with the whole ‘individualism’ paradigm …

            There is no common good other than a projection of “ME” …

            How ‘objective’ is that!?

          • Patzcuaro

             /  October 13, 2018

            Infrastructure

            “the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.”

            Infrastructure is for the benefit of society as a whole not the individual, the individual benefits from the bits they use. I guess you can put in your own infrastructure on your property but you can’t go anywhere without using societies infrastructure.

            • PartisanZ

               /  October 13, 2018

              It’s a kind of ‘individual welfare’ you might say?

              And it’s DEFINITELY a kind of ‘corporate welfare’ …

            • PartisanZ

               /  October 13, 2018

              Societal WELL FAIR …

  4. david in aus

     /  October 13, 2018

    “Barking at every parking car”- is an overused phrase. If National overcalls minor slips of the Government, yes, it a reasonable phrase. But the key in determining if it applies in this situation is their public angst regarding petrol prices.

    Yes, public anxiety is up, there must have been a dozen articles on petrol prices, opinions, petrol drive-off in the past two months. If you can attach negative emotions with this government that is an attack well played.

    The government has had a well-publicized role in tax increases and the criticism will stick.
    Jacinda should just say their policy is in line with the Climate-Change agenda and we all need to make sacrifices. Blaming oil companies is unlikely to work.

  5. robertguyton

     /  October 13, 2018

    What would have been the cost of Simon’s limo jaunt around the country if the petrol price was what it is today?
    Has the name of the Nat leaker been released?
    Is Jami-Lee Ross getting better?

    • alloytoo

       /  October 13, 2018

      Are those the only squirrels you could find?

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  October 14, 2018

      Diversion trolling again Robert… no surprise it’s your purpose in life after all….

      In response why do Green MPs use any transport form that in its use or manufacture leads to green house gas emissions Robert?
      Surely they should be leading by 100% example 100% of the time?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 14, 2018

        James Shaw doesn’t own or drive a car. Elbow…he just lets other people drive him in theirs, which doesn’t make emissions.

  6. alloytoo

     /  October 13, 2018

    Here are your options.

    1. Increase a fuel levy when international fuel prices are declining and your currency is increasing in value.
    2. You do so to pay for roads used by motorists
    3. You do so because you’re also borrowing to retain benefit levels through a GFC and you’ve inherited a structural deficit from the previous government.
    4. The increased tax has very little inflationary effect.
    5. your government doesn’t have to say it cares, it demonstrates by increasing benefits above inflation for the first time in decades.

    This is called economic management

    or

    1. Increase fuel levy when international fuel prices are increasing and your currency is declining in value.
    2. You do so to pay for tram sets and cycle lanes not used by motorists
    3. you do so despite inheriting a structural surplus from the previous government.
    4. The increased tax has an inflationary effect hurting the most vulnerable in society.
    5. Your government says “it cares” in every press release despite hurting the most vulnerable in society by increasing inflation and gutting low profile social development projects to pay for middle class university fees.

    This is called “Dysfunction Junction” (the only useful contribution Peters has made to the country recently)

  7. PartisanZ

     /  October 13, 2018

    “Weekly or monthly petitions render the democratic tool largely worthless.”

    I have thought the same thing seeing petitions with 1000 – 3000 signatures presented to Parliament …

    But I can more easily understand citizens wanting to have ‘mechanisms’ of feed back, input and pressure on government, which is supposed to be “by them and for them” … although it evidently isn’t … it’s obviously organized mostly by ‘other forces’ …

    Foolishly, National are trying to be their own [decidedly untrendy] ‘lobby group’ here … (as if they don’t have plenty of those already – Taxpayers Union, NZInitiative et al) … so where petitions are concerned they should outsource or subcontract the activity … like the others do via tools such as ActionStation … (who are ‘innocents’ compared to some of the tools, eg the loose coalition of ACT & NZFirst & The Conservatives on KFL) ….