I thought I would share this response to some questions we have asked in the community with Red Alert readers.
The loose translation of the Chinese text is:
Dear MP Huo, Thank you for your Labour Party who always speaks on behalf of ordinary kiwis, particularly at a time when the cost of living is increasing dramatically, well done, we support you. (name and address withheld)
This constituent echoes the thoughts and feelings of many families across the country.
It is concerning for everyone in the community that prices are rising faster than wages, and with an increase in GST coming into effect shortly, this situation is only going to get worse.
With inflation expected to hit 5.9 percent next year, it seems there is no let up for hard working kiwis either.
Any tax cuts should make it easier for more kiwis to get ahead. However, National’s tax plan gives most of the tax cuts to the privileged few. But, 70 percent of salary and wage-earners are on $40k or less, with 800,000 kiwi families with a combined household income of $60k or less.
Under National, transport prices rose 3.1 percent with higher prices for International air transport and vehicle licensing fees.
Cost of food is increasing with a recent OECD study finding that New Zealand food prices over the last 10 years rose higher than almost any other of the 30 OECD countries studies, at 42% compared to the OECD average of 33%.
Under National’s ETS, families pay twice – once as consumers and once as tax-payers ($110 billion over the next 2-3 decades) while polluters get an easy ride.