NZ Labour leaves genuine Social policy to others. The Greens make a moral decision. – Bryan Bruce. 

Good on them. The Green party’s Social Justice proposals released today are moral and just.

Those who are struggling and say they don’t have a choice this election need to think again.

Reducing  the bottom tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 9 per cent for anyone earning less than $14,000, while raising the tax rate to 40% for anyone earning more than $150,000 per year is a well overdue move to close the gap between the haves and have nots.

We have to lift around 179,000 Kiwi kids out of poverty. Their tomorrow, and ours, depends on what we do today


– A sole parent on a benefit, with two school-aged children and no paid employment: $179.62 better off each week.

– A sole parent receiving the Student Allowance, with two children, and part time work on just above minimum wage: $176.15 more each week.

– A single person on jobseeker support: $42.20 more each week.

– A two-parent family, with one working parent on the median income, with three children: $104.52  more each week.

– Two parents, both on jobseeker support, with three children: $207.46 more per week.

– A two-parent family, both earning the median income of $48,000 with three children: $130.19 more each week.

– Two parents, one in paid work earning $70,000 a year, two children: $87.85 more a week.


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