12 Dec 2017

Urgency before Christmas

From The House, 10:35 pm on 12 December 2017

Tax cuts introduced by the previous Government in their 2017 budget, but not yet in force, are to be repealed by legislation to be introduced later this week, in a 'mini-budget'.

To achieve these changes, the Government plans to sit under urgency this week, meaning that the House will sit on Thursday evening, all day Friday and possibly on Saturday.

Under the budget introduced by the National-led Government in May, people earning less than $52,000 would have received an $11 a week tax cut, and around $20 a week for those earning more.

This week the Labour-led Government will introduce its mini-budget which will outline the cost of the Government's 100-day plan. 

The Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins, said the Government will introduce legislation to stop the proposed tax cuts and bring in its own Families Package instead, but Mr Hipkins told Phil Smith there is some other business to get through first. 

Education Minister, Chris Hipkins

Education Minister, Chris Hipkins Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox