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Hard News: Now win the argument

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  • Moz, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Fixed, still not well written but ... my bad..

    no probs, thanks for the correction.

    Gotta go, it's "winter" in Sydney and I can't wait to get into my nice warm bed.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1233 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    There was no need for Cunliffe to be “Embarrassed” to be a man. That is just ridiculous.

    Can't Cunliffe be embarrassed, as a man, of the behaviour of some men in the same way that I am embarrassed, as a NZ cricket supporter, of the behaviour of Lou Vincent?

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen R, in reply to ,

    I pity the Australians of my acquaintance who are embarrassed because of Tony Abbot.

    I think they're winning on the embarrassment stakes, so far at least.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 259 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Stephen R,

    I pity the Australians of my acquaintance who are embarrassed because of Tony Abbot. I think they're winning...

    or being a kiwi living in Oz with dual citizenship. The one consolation is that I get to vote against both of them. "unsettled" barely begins to describe it, to pick one topical term from the mouth of our Prime Munster.

    The sad news is that Labo(u)r on both sides seem determined to avoid the responsibilities of being in power, and most of the bought media is working very hard to make sure it's not their decision to make. I'm not sure whether "Um, Shorten" is better than "Sorry to be Cunliffe" but I am very pleased that the last lot of Australian Labor leaders have taken their toys and gone home. If only their NZ counterparts would follow that example rather than the pre-election Rudd one. Or perhaps Labour should just elect Goff (again) to lead them into glorious defeat?

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1233 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    we, the public of New Zealand, and especially we the wealthier public, need to pay more into the pool of money that we want to be spent on education. But again no politician will suggest that

    Raising the top rate to 36% is, sadly, superficial. But a CGT will be a big change, and it will both broaden the ‘tax base’ and increase tax income overall.
    Noone really wants to predict how much it’ll raise- because everyone seem to agree it’ll take some time to kick in, and also because it’s likely to change behaviour (that’s part of the intent- drawing investment away from property- but it’s also likely to lead to other forms of avoiding tax coming into play) and that’s something it’s pretty hard to predict.
    But it's Labour and Green policy, and it will raise more in tax.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    And in the long run, a financial transactions tax (FTT) or Tobin tax. Those will likely have to wait until the G20 lead the way, and how effective the OECD/IMF's moves against the Double Irish Dutch Sandwich prove to be.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    I'm sure there's a more appropriate thread for this that I'm just failing to find for whatever reason, but anyway, what to make of Rodney Hide's HoS column?

    And please note: I would not normally read anything written by Hide, but the headline just had me too intrigued. Sorry.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    And while I'm at it.... I think John Key could learn a thing or two by choosing to spend his pre-election holiday in Montevideo instead of Hawai'i.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    It's a not very subtle concern troll, I think. Pretty much stupid to suggest Barry forget about it, and weird to expect her to do his bidding when ACT still has its own parliamentary figure.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    If governments can't collect tax effectively on profits earned in one country on tangible sales, how do you expect them to tax intangible transactions that can be conducted anywhere in the world between offshore shell companies.?

    I'm fairly convinced that the idea of a financial transaction tax is actually being covertly promoted by mega-rich individuals and corporations in the certain knowledge that they'd never have to pay a penny of one.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’m fairly convinced that the idea of a financial transaction tax is actually being covertly promoted by mega-rich individuals and corporations in the certain knowledge that they’d never have to pay a penny of one.

    Here in NZ, it was promoted by the decidedly mercantilist/dirigiste Jim Anderton.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    how do you expect them to tax intangible transactions that can be conducted anywhere in the world

    via banks

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

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