Bulletin 18/7/2017

Summary:

The Greens sure have managed to capture the public discourse – everyone’s talking about welfare, and all of a sudden it’s going to be a major election issue.  National has some announcement about doing taxes – it actually looks like an improvement to the system, but good luck getting people excited about doing taxes.  National and Labour try to one-up each other on their plans to reduce multinational tax avoidance, although it’s only National who stoop to making false statements.

 

Echo Chamber National:

Tax administration:

 

(!) No, actually, inequality was falling under the last Labour government (1999-2008), then it rose back up under the National government (2008-present) (http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/snapshots-of-nz/nz-social-indicators/Home/Standard%20of%20living/income-inequality.aspx):

 

(!) Labour has a plan, a “diverted profits tax”, it’s not even complicated:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

(!) Can’t tell if this is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but drinking river water is more dangerous then driving.  61% of monitored rivers are unsuitable for swimming in, let alone drinking (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8978223/Many-NZ-rivers-unsafe-for-swimming).  E.coli infections are potentially fatal. Probability of car accidents lower than probability of illness from drinking river water:

 

On multinational tax avoidance:

 

On Maori electoral seats:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On welfare:

 

On taxation:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

On welfare:

 

(!) Literally making up statistics:

 

Definitely give all the benefits to multinational companies:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

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Author: sckchui

Aspiring author and armchair philosopher, I seek to understand the world, people, and myself. Through my writing, I seek also to share all that I've found.

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