To further enhance their mana Te Ururoa Flavell and Rahui Katene spent their questions in parliament yesterday asking patsies to National. ‘How will the government’s tax cuts benefit people on low incomes?’ they asked allowing Key and English to talk about the wonderful new $10 a week Independent Earners’ Rebate and claim Labour never cut taxes for low incomes (October 1 anyone? New bottom tax rate?)
Actually half of Maori, and half of all New Zealanders, don’t even earn enough to get the Independent Earners’ Rebate and even people who do earn enough don’t get it if they have kids. So really there’s no tax cut for low income people.
Te Ururoa and Rahui didn’t care though. They got their big tax cut.
Then while everyone else in the general debate talked about the tax cuts Tariana Turia talked about education. She was too ashamed to defend tax cuts she had voted for.
I don’t get what Hone Harawira is doing hanging around these sell outs.