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Choices, choices: Farrar seeks parental leave funding

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, April 13th, 2012 - 42 comments
Categories: babies, child welfare, families, same old national, scoundrels - Tags:

Last week, David Farrar demanded to know where the government is getting $62m for youth mental health services… Actually he didn’t (they’re stealing it from other health funding) but he is demanding Labour explains where it would get $125m a year for extending paid parental leave. I guess he just really wants to make sure it’s feasible. Lets help him out with some options.

  • Cancel the highways to nowhere – $1.4b a year
  • No more finance sector bailouts – $335m a year average under National
  • Reverse the tax cuts to the top 1% – $600m a year
  • Cancel irrigation subsidies to farmers – $400m
  • Don’t extend carbon pollution subsidies for farmers – $650m a year
  • Don’t sale assets, necessitating broker and banker fees – $100m+
  • Borrow 1% more than will be borrowed this year
  • Use some of the new operating spending allowance. Not every budget will be a ‘zero budget’. From 2014, the pool of money for new spending will $1.19b a year plus 2% pa.

There’s plenty of money. It’s just a matter of what you want to spend it on.

42 comments on “Choices, choices: Farrar seeks parental leave funding ”

  1. tc 1

    Oh come on enough with the facts and provable costings, let’s get back to dog whistles and opinion after all it’s what this govt specialises in.

  2. james 111 2

    Interesting article
    What I would like to see Labour pulling out of the private members bill hat are the following which they took to the country at Election time.Lets have a good debate about them

    1) Capital gains tax (yes even more tax we will show you how to spend your money)
    2) Pension age to 67 ( yes we are going to tax the living shite out of you while you are alive but guess what you wont get the pension untill you are older.

    I would be really interested in the debate on these two areas as they were pillars of Labours last election. Are they still important or have they gone under new Labour ? (david shearer)

    • millsy 2.1

      You do realise that taxes pay for things like schools and hospitals and other social services? Or do you want them all chopped?

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        Tut tut millsy. Everyone knows that taxes are just legalised theft.

      • muzza 2.1.2

        Actually income tax goes to pay the interest bill on the debt! Schools and hospitals (how many new ones have we had again), are borrowed into existence, so in a round about way Millsy you are correct!

        Lanth your comments are ignorant in this arena!

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      1) Capital gains tax (yes even more tax we will show you how to spend your money)

      Its not your money until you’ve paid your taxes. Duh.

      • james 111 2.2.1

        Viper
        Good so when will New Labour under Shearer debate these wonderful revenue generating ideas with the general population? So they can feed the insatiable appetite of the welfare masses that they have created.

        People who now don’t now what personal responsibility ,and accountability is anymore just want the guvernment to pay for it (spelt wrong on purpose)

        Tax Tax Tax Tax, spend spend spend spend, and suddenly there is not enough people to pay the tax anymore. Is this utopia for a Labour Government?

    • mike e 2.3

      J turd get rid of CON-sultants $600 million
      user pays booze cost $1 billion +
      User pays Gambling$1 billion +
      Tobacco $ 1 billion+
      Poverty costs $6 billion a year
      No shortage of money just lack of will
      While we subsidize alcohol gambling and tobacco.

  3. Craig Glen Eden 3

    Its funny how National Party supporters are all down on what they see as bludger’s and run the personal responsibility line, yet their supporters and cheerleaders always have their hand out for Government money eg Bronwyn Pullar. I wonder how Double diptons house hold is surviving without that extra cleaning going on? Is he A picking up his own socks or B has he extended the gardeners job description responsibilities?

    • Hami Shearlie 3.1

      Maybe Pay-My”Bill” could employ Whaleoil CGE! He’s so great at finding dirt.

  4. captain hook 4

    dont tell farrar anything.
    soon he will start jumping up and down and holding his breath.
    when he turns blue in the face then job will done.

  5. tsmithfield 5

    “Cancel the highways to nowhere – $1.4b a year”

    Perhaps the people at the “nowhere” end might feel a bit insulted about being considered as inconsequential. A cost/benefit analysis should be provided to back up this bald assertion.

    “No more finance sector bailouts – $335m a year average under National”

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I understand the guarantee scheme introduced by Labour has now expired. So, there shouldn’t be any bailouts other than those that investors are legally entitled to due to finance companies that expired when the bail-out provisions were applicable.

    “Reverse the tax cuts to the top 1% – $600m a year”

    So the top 10% can simply leave their money in their companies to be taxed at the going company rate. Also, more tiers means more opportunities for avoidance generally, such as splitting their income by having their spouse “employed” in the company.

    “Cancel irrigation subsidies to farmers – $400m”

    Meaning less irrigation. Therefore a lower tax take from farmers.

    “Don’t extend carbon pollution subsidies for farmers – $650m a year”

    Again, increasing the costs on our most productive sector, thus likely reducing the tax take.

    “Don’t sale assets, necessitating broker and banker fees – $100m+”

    Again, a true cost/benefit analysis based on actual dividends is required to justify your argument, not one that includes one-off sales of dams etc that artificial inflate the dividend return.

    “Borrow 1% more than will be borrowed this year”

    Do we not borrow enough already?

    “Use some of the new operating spending allowance. Not every budget will be a ‘zero budget’. From 2014, the pool of money for new spending will $1.19b a year plus 2% pa.”

    If there is more money, I am sure there are plenty of more worthy causes it could be spent on.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Meaning less irrigation. Therefore a lower tax take from farmers.

      So? Farmers run businesses right? Why are these businesses asking for Government subsidies?

      Do we not borrow enough already?

      Ask English and Key. Apparently not, since its under their watch that we’ve had the massive fall in tax revenues.

      • tsmithfield 5.1.1

        “So? Farmers run businesses right? Why are these businesses asking for Government subsidies?”

        You are arguing a point that was not made. The point argued in the article was that cutting these subsidies would offset the cost of the extend parental leave scheme. The point I made was that if it reduces taxable income from farmers then it might not.

    • james 111 5.2

      Love this comment

      “No more finance sector bailouts – $335m a year average under National”

      All of these finance companies failed under the Pathetic watch of the Labour Government National was left carrying the can for the Labour Governments ineptness.
      Michael Cullen was busily moving round the country signing people up to the scheme before he left office. He knew he was leaving a huge debt for National to pick up, and it was all due to his poor governance as a Finance Minister

      • Ed 5.2.1

        Actually none of them failed under Labour’s watch – and the biggest only failed after the scheme was renewed by National for a company that was not meeting the terms of the agreement, and against public sector advice.

    • cardassian 5.3

      “If there is more money, I am sure there are plenty of more worthy causes it could be spent on.”

      More worthy than the future of this country?

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        Yeah, his rich mates next 7 series and first class tour of Europe for the family.

        • tsmithfield 5.3.1.1

          “More worthy than the future of this country?”

          If you are truly a bleeding heart socialist, then the plight of those suffering in the here and now has got to be more pressing for you than pay offs sometime in the never never, surely.

          • cardassian 5.3.1.1.1

            “If you are truly a bleeding heart socialist, then the plight of those suffering in the here and now has got to be more pressing for you than pay offs sometime in the never never, surely.”

            Never claimed to be a bleeding heart socialist.

            However your comment appears to be saying better an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff than a fence at the top.

            • tsmithfield 5.3.1.1.1.1

              “Never claimed to be a bleeding heart socialist.”

              I didn’t say you are a bleeding heart socialist. Only, if you are.

              “However your comment appears to be saying better an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff than a fence at the top.”

              I didn’t say anything about what I think about it. Only that solving immediate issues such as where children don’t have housing at all would surely have to a higher priority to a socialist than debatable gains at some unknown time in the future.

              • Colonial Viper

                would surely have to a higher priority to a socialist than debatable gains at some unknown time in the future.

                Welcome to the world of Treasury (and Bill English) forecasts.

              • cardassian

                “I didn’t say anything about what I think about it.”

                Seems to be denying your earlier comment.

                “I am sure there are plenty of more worthy causes it could be spent on.”

                So what are these causes that you believe are more important than giving the children of New Zealand the best possible start we can?

                • felix

                  Oh I dunno. I think it’s fair to say his comments don’t imply him thinking about it much at all.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.4

      A cost/benefit analysis should be provided to back up this bald assertion.

      They’ve been done – the RoNS have a BCR of between 0.4 and 1.1. In other words, we lose out if we go ahead with them. NACTs mates in the construction industry get lots of profits though.

      So the top 10% can simply leave their money in their companies to be taxed at the going company rate.

      This is one place where I agree with NACT – tax rates should match. Companies should be on PAYE.

      Meaning less irrigation for non-viable farming.

      FIFY

      Again, increasing the costs on our most productive sector,

      Costs do need to be covered whether we like it or not and it should be covered at the business.

      Again, a true cost/benefit analysis based on actual dividends is required to justify your argument,

      The latest one has us losing $100m+ per year after Blinglish’s guess goes through.

      Do we not borrow enough already?

      Considering that we don’t need to borrow at all it can honestly be said that we borrow too much. But, considering the borrowing that this government has forced upon us through their actions of giving our wealth to themselves and their rich mates another 1% won’t hurt.

      If there is more money, I am sure there are plenty of more worthy causes it could be spent on.

      Still grasping for straws I see.

    • rosy 5.5

      “Cancel irrigation subsidies to farmers – $400m”

      The main reason for these subsidies is so regions that are not suitable for dairying can be made suitable. I’m sick of the country being turned into a dairy farm. It’s not sustainable in environmental terms nor is there any economic backup plan if dairy crashes. Crazy stuff.

  6. Dv 6

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I understand the guarantee scheme introduced by Labour has now expired. So, there shouldn’t be any bailouts other than those that investors are legally entitled to due to finance companies that expired when the bail-out provisions were applicable.

    NACTs supported the scheme.
    How about SCF extended guarantee by who – the NACTS

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 7

    Then there is ETS subsidies to important National party constituencies like farmers

    $800 + million a year.

    We now know which side National is on the war on babies. Bill English is Dr Strangelove

  8. King Kong 8

    This is deja vu. I remember how angry everyone on the Standard got when Helen Clarke said that anything more than the level of paid parental leave they were introducing was unaffordable.

    Obviously just like John Key, she hated children.

    [lprent: An interesting assertion. That particular debate was well over before The Standard even started in August 2007. I can’t recall anything like that happening either in the comments or posts and can’t see it on a quick search. I’d have to call it an outright lie about the site. It annoys me.

    If you can find a post or section of discussion in comments from when Labour was in power to back up your claim, then you can get your 3 month ban removed. Of course that means you’d have to do the research you should have done before making that assertion rather than being lazy and irritating me.

    FYI: Helen liked kids, including my families rather obnoxious brood ]

  9. Roy 9

    Means-test national superannuation. Stop giving it to millionaires and multi-millionaires.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      +1

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        That’s what family trusts are for. And thanks to National, I can gift my million dollar brokerage account across to it tomorrow free-of-charge.

    • burt 9.2

      Right, so the people who paid all the tax so we can afford it… they can’t have it. Means testing – such a tory thing to do.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1

        They may have paid the tax – they didn’t produce the wealth.

        • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1

          Means testing – such a tory thing to do.

          Except that the Tory version is to check how poor you are, and the poorer you are, the more you get the shit kicked out of you.

      • rosy 9.2.2

        I’d like to see just how much tax the multi-millionaires paid. That would mean opening up their tax-free trust accounts.

  10. bad12 10

    Reports this morning that the Prime Minister has again blown the Police’s Diplomatic protection Squad budget would tend to suggest that having Slippery quit while the Tory,s are marginally ahead and go back to His former occupation as a leach upon the Capitalist system would free up more than enough cash to fund the proposed extension of Paid Parental Leave,

    Slippery appears to be SO paranoid that in the last year alone the DPS has overspent the budget by a couple of hundred million bucks,this on top of an overspend protecting Mr, ”National will not be raising GST”, stretching back 2 or 3 years,

    We dare say that there is the money being squandered within the present budget by the National Government to fully afford the proposed extension of Paid Parental Leave AND an extension of the Working For Families Tax Credit to the children reliant upon benefits as their sole source of our sustenance,

    Do we have an objection to the extension of the Paid parental Leave provisions???, YES WE FUCKING DO,

    We have said this here befor,if the previous Labour Government was ‘Socialist’ then that ‘Socialism’ was ‘Socialism’ of, by, and, for the middle class,

    We need remind Labour that (a),the Labour vote stayed at home last election over this issue,and (b), ‘Socialism’ is based upon NEED, do we need say more???…

  11. captain hook 11

    re kk
    john key just hates everyone.
    sad but true.

  12. fender 12

    This Farrar clown gets way too much airtime. Recently hes been on RNZ, the Court Report ch.7, Backbenches (in audience, but they interviewed him), and it makes no sense why anyone would want his predictable opinion on anything. He should be left to his crap blog and travel photo gallery hole in the ground.

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  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
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  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
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