Labour promoting misinformation - Key
Tue, 21 Sep 2010 6:20p.m.
By Duncan Garner
John Key is accusing Labour of lying in advertising material it's sending out ahead of next week's GST increase of 12.5 percent to 15 percent.
Labour leader Phil Goff says he stands by the flyers, which claims National is adding 15 percent GST to all power, phone, rates and food bills.
Chris Wright thought something was wrong when a Labour Party pamphlet turned up in his letterbox, and he was right to question it.
“It's just wrong, they've just added 15 percent to everything and that's what GST is going to be. And that's not the case, no I thought it was going up 2.5 percent,” says Mr Wright.
The pamphlet sent out by Labour MPs highlights the increase in GST next week.
But instead of saying it's going up 2.5 percent it adds what it calls National's 15 percent GST rate to all power, phone, food, rates and car bills.
“It says National 15 percent as though National has just added 15 percent,” says Mr Wright.
But Mr Wright was further confused when he rang Labour's head office - he says the woman there told him, yes 15 percent is being added to the current 12.5 percent.
“She told me GST was going up 15 percent and I said ‘does that mean it is going to be 27.5 percent’ she said ‘yes’,” he says.
In one of the examples Labour starts with a GST exclusive $189.34 power bill and adds National's 15 percent of $28.40. The power bill becomes $217.74.
But Labour should have started with a $212 power bill including the 12.5 percent GST that Labour introduced.
National's 2.5 percent increase actually amounts to $5.74, not $28.40.
Prime Minister John Key is accusing Labour of lying.
“Labour is using taxpayers money to get these lies out into the public domain,” he says.
Mr Goff says it is not his problem.
“National has increased it to 15 percent; therefore it's National's 15 percent."
Labour's flyer suggests National's increase will cost families about $160 a month on their food bill alone.
“That's more than $100 a month, I'm pretty sure that's not the case,” says Mr Wright.
One senior Labour MP told 3 News the brochure is technically correct but he accepted it was a bit “exuberant” in places.
We asked Labour how much taxpayers money it has poured into sending out the brochure. It suggested it was less than $100,000 but wouldn't give an exact figure.
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24/09/2010 2:07:58 p.m.
Well Key said he wouldn't raise GST, so this is a bigger lie!!!
23/09/2010 10:09:18 p.m.
Labour's 2010 Central Guardian flyer cited that Mr Pahulu's purchase of $90.25 incl GST of 12.5% will cost him$13.54 more next month.Deduct 12.5% leaves a net of $80.23, add 15% total = $92.26 making the difference $ 2.01 not $13.54 as stated ! Simple Arithmetic.I rest my Case.
22/09/2010 8:47:27 p.m.
Karl Marx wrote:
This is a pure side issue. The material reality of Mr Key's tax cuts Vs GST rise will be the only benchmark at the end of the day, and no amount of spin from labour or national will change that. if people find themselves worse off, Mr Key will be a one term wonder, simple as that.
22/09/2010 3:22:16 p.m.
Well this is a good reason for people to actually learn how to do maths. Simple solution - work it out yourself. Take pre GST amount and multiply it by 1.15 to get full amount to be paid. Simple.
BTW - $100, 000 dollars to say isn't this terrible - surely there are plenty of non profit organisations who could have benefitted with that amount rather than waste it this.
22/09/2010 2:18:11 p.m.
John Key thinks it is too DIFFICULT to remove G.S.T. from fruits and vegetables. He cites McDonalds and how would they calculate the proportion of G.S.T. for the lettuce.
What a freaking cop out. Restaurants will save money on their purchases of fruits and vegetables, and reduces what they have to charge.
22/09/2010 2:10:42 p.m.
John Robb wrote:
I hope you're not labelling me a "Labour dog" I was just repeating what John Key said when he lied about NZ's wage rates catching up with Australia in parliament, I have no doubt that Labour was obfuscating the facts about the GST rise also.My point was merely that politicians lie and as proof of that they are not allowed to call each other liars in the debating chamber; just in case those who haven't already realised this become aware of it I suppose.
22/09/2010 1:23:04 p.m.
Look out... the Labour research unit has clearly set its dogs onto this message board.
22/09/2010 8:42:59 a.m.
Rather like Key quoting 2005 stats to claim that under National we had significantly closed the wage gap (a pipe dream if ever there was one) with Australia when exactly the opposite was true.None of them could lie straight in bed and are so low could get under snakes with umbrellas up.
22/09/2010 8:27:58 a.m.
I'm not surprised that John Key knows misinformation when he sees it, given what he has done so far.
22/09/2010 7:00:34 a.m.
The Labour Party claim about the rise in GST is such an obvious mistake, that its funny.
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