Editor It’s a Friday morning at Pukerua Bay Fat black rubbish bags bloom on display. Some dumped over night. Some right away With a quick morning dash on a working day. Morning walkers skirt around the trash Avoiding the overflowing mess. Make curt remarks with sullen glances Toward house-owners’ such poor responses. Then down the road, a rubbish truck Hugging the kerb. Stops by the muck That’s been dumped and left in disarray By pyjamed folk on rubbish day. From the rear of the ‘‘screech stopped’’ rubbish truck Two young men jump down from the back And with super speed and skills profound Start sorting the mess scattered all around In compartments ranged along truck’s side Where sorted rubbish will soon reside. Into each is thrown with reasonable skill Those items which near fit the bill. Then with their ‘‘COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE’’ duty done The young men now, with pride, return To swing behind their truck with style To sort out the rubbish from another pile. Who really serves the nation’s health? Is it those who bluster receiving wealth For further feathering, for personal gain Their nests of intrigue, in the main. They would never stoop to sort out much Or swing behind a rubbish truck Unless, a photo-shoot of same Could be deemed support for their campaign. Just by the way, the public pay For those campaign costs, along the way. When their project image is on display Or when key politicians appear, on call To advertise their ‘‘where-withall’’ There are those who measure ‘‘money gain’’ As the ‘‘where-with-all’’ in their ‘‘governing plan’’. But those who toil for our nation’s sanitation Should surely earn a far healthier rate of appreciation?
RAY BROWN, Pukerua Bay. the deficit.
Unlike the profits from asset sales which eventually reside offshore, moored in a San Diego yacht harbour, a capital gains tax will end up building New Zealand infrastructure or in our education and our health systems.
Closing tax loopholes so everyone pays tax instead of selling state assets has got to be the right decision to closing the deficit that has occurred on the National Party watch.
Instead of the apologists for those gaining from New Zealand’s property investment tax loophole claiming that the world will come to an end, the lucky few with multiple properties will just have to pay their fair share of tax.
They will still keep the other 85 per cent of profit. All good things must come to an end.
We must not allow the current tax beneficiaries to frame the debate on a fairer tax system as some sort of ‘‘punishment’’ or the ‘‘politics of envy’’.
The debate is about a fair tax system.
Closing loopholes should mean everyone who is not a hypocrite will support this bold move.
KEVIN WATSON, Plimmerton