A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash.
“The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act to be changed by Order in Council. In layman terms, the Government can change tax law without any consultation or without going through the parliamentary process.
Police Minister Judith Collins’ contention that crime is falling has proven to be wrong yet again, with latest Police statistics showing an increase in most crimes, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says.
“Figures for June 2016 show an increase in every crime category measured by police over the last year, bar one.
Our roads will be more dangerous after the Police lost $26 million funding for road safety following a scrap with the Transport Agency, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says.
“Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act show Police sought $986 million funding for the 2015/18 period but only got $960 million after the Transport Agency argued they were entitled to some of that funding.
Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Stuart Nash will ask the Auditor-General to investigate a Malaysian forestry company’s failure to deliver on 20 years’ worth of promises to build a processing facility that has never appeared.
“Hikurangi Forest Farms’ 1996 purchase of over 33,000 hectares of Gisborne land was approved in a large part by the Overseas Investment Office on the basis it promised to build a ‘state of the art’ processing facility.
Judith Collins’ latest cop-out is to blame parents for the appallingly low burglary resolution rates when the reality is police are way too stretched to solve them, says Labour’s Police Spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Ms Collins has got it wrong again, saying in Parliament today the parents of burglars are the reason less than one in 10 robberies are resolved.
Jo Goodhew needs to come up with new ideas to back local forestry companies, instead of siding with overseas forest owners who simply send unprocessed logs overseas, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Overseas companies are buying up forests and selling the logs directly offshore, cutting local sawmills out of the process, even though local sawmills are prepared to pay export-equivalent log prices. That’s not good enough. In Gisborne one sawmill can’t get guaranteed logs, despite being based on the doorstep of a large forest owned by an overseas consortium.
The Law and Order Select Committee inquiry into the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand is welcome but must be robust, timely and deliver solutions that ensure our police are protected, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“We need to know how widespread firearm possession is among criminals, and how criminals, including gangs, and those who do not have a licence get hold of guns.
Another weekend, another shooting tragedy, another devastated family, another shocked community. Turn the page.
We are almost becoming desensitised to these sort of crimes now, but this certainly isn't the case if you are a front line police officer, unsure who has and who hasn't got a gun, or whether the next door you knock on will contain a hardened criminal with no fear or respect.