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David @ Tokyo

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Election 2005: At least there'll be one ACT man in parliament

Good speech from National leader Don Brash. He really should have been in ACT, but I guess he saw greater chance of gaining power with the wishy-washy Nats.
ACT will get my party vote at any rate, but I'll look forward to the next polls with interest nonetheless!

Meanwhile, the principle-bare Labour party have sold out to the students promising to write off interest repayments to those who stay in New Zealand. All a bit pointless really - with Labour's high tax regime, even paying back interest many young kiwis will still likely find themselves better off overseas. And I've been lucky enough not to have to take out a loan in the first place.

If keeping kiwis from going overseas is the goal, why target just those with student loans? Why not buy us all with a pledge for lower taxes?



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NZ Election 2005: National makes room for ACT

I read today in the news that the National Party would introduce tax rebates for money spent on childcare by families with both mum and dad working.

This is surely good for the ACT party, which proposes a tax cut for every taxpayer in New Zealander.

National on the other hand, is proposing to still take your money, but then give it back to you, only if the family has kids, with both mum and dad choosing to working, and choosing to fork out cash for childcare.

So what does the single hard-working person get?
What does the married hard-working but childless couple get?
What does the family with just a single bread-winner slogging it out get?

Nothing yet! At least with National that is. We can but hold our breath for further policy announcement, but this seems like a poor start.
On the other hand
- a vote for ACT would be a vote for them to be paying 15% for income up to 38,000, and 25% on income above that.
- Treasury says this policy is possible without cutting current spending levels.
- ACT will work to introduce policy that would prevent government spending levels outstripping growth and inflation, that would invariably neccessitate future tax rate increases

More than anything, ACT policy trusts New Zealanderes to spend their own money better than the big stupid government ever can.



A good one from my mate Alastair D:

A seven year old boy was at the centre of a courtroom drama today when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.

The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge awarded custody to his aunt. The boy however confirmed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and refused to live there.

When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents the boy cried out that they beat him more than anyone. Then in an unprecedented move, the judge dramatically allowed the boy to choose who should have custody of him.

In a final ruling yesterday, custody was granted to the British & Irish Lions Rugby Team as the boy firmly believes that they are not capable of beating anyone.



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