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Julie Anne Genter MP
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:44

The Government can start the clean-up of the foreign trust industry as early as tonight by supporting the Green Party’s proposed changes to a Government tax bill being voted on this evening.

Green Party finance spokesperson Julie Anne Genter will put forward an SOP to the Government’s Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill that will require trustees, settlors, and beneficiaries of foreign trusts to disclose to the IRD their name, date of birth, address, passport number and country of residence tax number when setting up a trust.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:07

The Government’s financial update today shows its focus on maintaining a wafer-thin surplus has come at the expense of real ideas about how to tackle the big economic problems we face, like child poverty, unemployment, and the housing crisis, the Green Party said.

Government Financial Statements for the nine months to 31 March 2016, the last update before the Budget on 26 May, showed a modest $167 million operating balance before gains and losses and net government debt of $63.3 billion.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 14:45

The Prime Minster today should have come out and promised he’d throw everything he’s got at cleaning up foreign trusts, and stamping out the tax avoidance industry, the Green Party said today.

 

“It is extraordinary to see our Prime Minister call a press conference to defend tax avoidance and dodgy practices in the New Zealand foreign trusts industry,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 18:32

The Green Party is calling for the Government to start again and broaden the scope of the Shewan Inquiry, following new evidence from the Panama Papers of New Zealand’s role in the global web of tax avoidance, uncovered by the Australian Financial Review.

“The Government needs to go back to the drawing board and start a much more comprehensive inquiry into allegations that New Zealand is becoming a destination of choice for ultra-wealthy people seeking to avoid paying tax in their home countries,” Green Party finance spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 14:36

Rising unemployment shows how National’s economic mismanagement has failed to deliver enough jobs for New Zealanders, the Green Party says.

“Ten thousand more unemployed people is ten thousand real life tragedies for people hunting for work, and their families,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:27

The Green Party is asking the Prime Minister to tell New Zealanders why he failed to mention that his own lawyer was the person in the foreign trust industry he’d discussed foreign trusts with and referred on to the Revenue Minister.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:02

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed.

Correspondence obtained by the Green Party shows that the Prime Minister’s lawyer Ken Whitney initiated a lobbying campaign that started with the Prime Minister and appears to have successfully stopped the IRD from reforming the foreign trust regulations in 2015.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:42

The Government’s failure to fix Auckland’s broken housing market has forced the Reserve Bank to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) higher than normal hurting exporters and jobs, the Green Party said today.

The Reserve Bank kept the OCR unchanged today at 2.25 percent despite economic conditions that favour further cuts. The Bank cited high Auckland house prices and a need for additional housing supply there. “Housing market pressures are building in some other regions,” it added.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:09

Low inflation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) hides the way the housing crisis is hitting peoples’ pockets and distorting our economy, the Green Party said today.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 11:54

The National Government’s failure to invest in Kiwibank has today forced Kiwibank’s owner New Zealand Post to take a step down the road to privatisation of the bank, the Green Party said.

“If National had injected capital into Kiwibank, to allow Kiwibank to expand like it should have years ago, we wouldn’t be looking at a possible future privatisation,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.

“Bill English says he’ll buy the Kiwibank shares back if he has to in five years, but he won’t be Finance Minister then, so any promises he makes today are hollow.