You have to double-check every ‘fact’ the Nats tell you. Bill English, for example, has been lying about Labour’s record on growth and, when he was called out on it, he came up with another lie to cover himself.
The July 1 1989 increase in GST from 10% to 12.5% was announced on March 21 1989 in the Government’s Economic Statement. The same Economic Statement announced income tax cuts that came into effect before the GST increase on April 1 1989.
And those tax cuts went to every taxpayer.
Let me note now that I don’t think Labour should have done these cuts this way. Either it shouldn’t have increased GST or it should have directed more of the cuts at the bottom end, rather than that open-ended cut at the top but the point is Labour did compensate all taxpayers for the GST increase. This shows that, if there is to be a GST increase, it can be done in a way that doesn’t punish low and middle income Kiwis.
So far Phil Goff has sat there and taken it while Key has lied about his record on GST as a minister in the 4th Labour Government. Labour has to learn to check the truth of every factual claim that National makes, and you need to stand up for yourself and your party, Phil.