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Spat over living cost continued in Parliament

Spat over living cost continued in Parliament
Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Labour and National continued their spat over the cost of living today with both sides claiming in Parliament the other has their figures wrong.

Govt claims credit for six-year inflation low

Govt claims credit for six-year inflation low
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Oct 18 NZPA - The Government is claiming credit for low price rises saying people have more money in their pockets on the back on low inflation and increasing wages.

Keep paying off debt, says retirement commissioner

Keep paying off debt, says retirement commissioner
Wellington, Oct 17 NZPA - Evidence of a shift by New Zealanders from spending to saving is pleasing, but Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan says she wouldn't want to see people forced into joining KiwiSaver.

Rejected SCF bids cost taxpayers, says Cunliffe

Rejected SCF bids cost taxpayers, says Cunliffe
Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - Labour finance spokesman David Cunliffe says decisions made to reject bids for South Canterbury Finance (SCF) means the cost to taxpayers has been between $300 million and $500 million too much.

Savings Working Group turns its attention to government

Savings Working Group turns its attention to government
Wellington, Oct 7 NZPA - The Savings Working Group will focus on the government sector at its third meeting tomorrow and is yet to form a view on compulsion for savings.

Public will now judge tax cut-GST merits

Public will now judge tax cut-GST merits
Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - All the arguments about the pros and cons of tax cuts and GST rises have been had and now it will be up to households to decide whether they are better off or not. Today the Government's tax package kicked in and GST went up from 12.5 percent to 15 percent.

Union not celebrating tax reforms

Union not celebrating tax reforms
Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - As some people count the extra dollars in their pay packets resulting from tax reforms starting today, a union has taken the opportunity to organise a rally at a retail chain against the reforms' GST component.

Tax reforms proportionately fair, says English

Tax reforms proportionately fair, says English
Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - When tax reforms are fully implemented, all income groups will broadly receive about the same proportionate increase in disposable income, says Finance Minister Bill English.

Debate continues on eve of tax reforms

Debate continues on eve of tax reforms
There will be immediate gains for most when the Government's tax reform package takes effect tomorrow, but the extent of those gains in the wider scheme of things remains open for debate. Chris Ormond of NZPA reports.

General welcome for overseas investment changes

General welcome for overseas investment changes
Wellington, Sept 28 NZPA - Government changes to rules about overseas purchases of New Zealand land do not protect the country's long-term interests, Labour says.

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