In the absence of a policy from the Labour Party, the organisation representing irrigating farmers is seeking answers from Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern on how a new water tax on irrigation might work.
“The Labour Party’s glib and misleading announcement this week about a new water tax was disappointing for all New Zealanders,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis.
“Farmers are clear that a tax on irrigation would affect all New Zealanders through higher food prices but Labour has failed to address this, even though many of their voters cannot afford to pay more for groceries,” he says.
“We think the tax is inconsistent in treating water used for irrigation differently to other types of commercial water use and there are a range of complex issues associated with how it would be implemented which appear not to have been thought through at all,” he adds.
“Kiwis have a right to understand the tax before they vote.”
IrrigationNZ requests that Labour provides written answers to the questions below so that voters can understand the impact of this new tax on all New Zealanders.
“Labour – Let’s Answer This” – New Zealanders deserve answers on water tax!”
What is the impact of Labour’s water tax?
How is Labour’s water tax fair?
How is Labour’s water tax proposal workable?
How will Labour’s water tax address the impacts of climate change and existing investment?
Contact: Andrew Curtis, CEO, IrrigationNZ, 027 496 6314
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