When will the Maori Party and Greens wake up to gst on food issue?
Soaring prices fuel call to end GST on food
A petition urging abolition of GST on food is gathering support outside Auckland supermarkets as consumers struggle to cope with rising prices. The cost of filling the average supermarket trolley has jumped by more than a quarter in the past year, as the effect of international food shortages hits New Zealand. A Weekend Herald comparison showed butter, cheese and some varieties of bread had more than doubled in price. Most meat, vegetables and fish were also much more expensive. Labour and National, have resisted previous calls to exempt food from GST and seem unlikely to change their minds. But many shoppers the Herald spoke to believed the Government had to act to cut the price of basic food items.
Labour and National say that they can’t remove GST off fresh food, vegetables and non-processed food, yet Britain and Australia has managed to keep taxes off these foods. The Greens and the Maori Party should be on this issue immediately – as a joint front they should go to the electorate stating that they would remove gst from these foods if they were elected – wake up Green Party, opportunity passing you by (again).