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Petition signed by 40,000 seeks food GST removal

Aug 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

A SMALL group of campaigners braved the cold to hand a 40,000-signature petition to Parliamentarians today, asking for GST to come off food.

The petition – which also asked for a tax on financial speculation was received by Labour MP Su’a William Sio (far right), Green party co-leader Dr Russel Norman and Mana party leader Hone Harawira.

“Our society is currently raked by inequality, and there is a huge need to tax fairly,” said Dr Norman.

The petition was organised by the Tax Justice campaign, initiated by the Socialist Worker movement and the Alliance Party.

The petition had a heavy union backing, with support from the Service & Food Workers Union, the Maritime Union of NZ and the National Distribution Union.

Maritime Union General Secretary Joe Fleetwood said taking GST off food is an urgent Necessity for the wellbeing of New Zealand workers and families.

“GST was always a bad tax,” he said. ”It was bad when it was introduced in the 1980s and it has been made worse when it was put up to 15% by John Key.”

Mr Harawira warned New Zealand’s current socio-economic climate was “ingredients for what we have seen in London.

“We are faced by draconian tax measures on the vulnerable and poor.”

Wellington Tax Justice co-ordinator Grant Brookes said removing GST from food and taxing financial speculation instead would result in a fairer tax system.

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