It is hard to believe the end of our stunning summer is here already. The noticeably cooler air and shorter days an obvious sign that the cooler months are fast approaching. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s spent with family and friends.

The Christmas break is such an important time of the year, a break away from your desk to give one some time to recharge and refocus. Personally, I am excited to get back into the second year of this Parliamentary term! We have had only a few weeks sitting for the year so far and already the Government have proven they are as disorganised and unprepared as they were last year. They kicked off the Parliamentary year with a select committee being dissolved due to government MP’s not turning up on time! Mistakes like this show a lack of respect and commitment to proper parliamentary processes.

The biggest political news of the year would have to be the governments proposed Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The much anticipated report was released last week which not only suggested the implementation of a capital gains tax but at least 7 new taxes, significantly worse than we imagined. The Government will be punishing everyday New Zealanders, a capital gains tax does not target the wealthy but hits the middle income earners the hardest, Mum and Dad investors plus for a number of you in our electorate those who own life style blocks will also be targeted.

This sort of tax discourages investment and will hammer the NZ economy. Not only will those of us who own property be effected by the CGT but anyone who holds a kiwisaver account will be hit too! A CGT would reduce retirement savings for an average earner by a massive $64,000 over the course of their working life! To name just a few, here are some of the taxes which are being looked at by the Government. Environmental footprint tax, vacant residential land tax, increases to waste tax, agriculture tax, water tax, fertiliser tax… TAX TAX TAX.  As was wisely said by Winston Churchill many years ago, “you cannot tax a nation into prosperity”. That is precisely what Labour are foolishly attempting to do and it will not work. We in National will fight the Government’s tax grab every single step of the way. National commit to repealing the CGT and we commit to NO new taxes in our first term.

As I mentioned earlier after a Summer break I am hitting the ground running this year and bringing as many National MP’s into our electorate to get in front of our people. We kick off in March with the Honourable Amy Adams our spokesperson for Finance. She will be getting in front of a group of interested parties on the 12th of March in Masterton to explain in greater detail what the CGT means for the average New Zealander. For those interested we have our National Party Annual General Meeting on the 25th of March which guest MP Brett Hudson will be attending. Shortly after this we will have Nikki Kay Spokesperson for Education who is currently touring the country spreading the word about the Future of Education. She will be speaking in Masterton on the 27th of March. You are all welcome to come along and hear what she has to say plus there will be an opportunity to ask questions!  We will also be kicking off Policy nights around the electorate so keep your ear out to see when there is one near you! I am always keen to hear the suggestions of our people. Policy in New Zealand is best when shaped by real New Zealanders.

As always please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I have a team right across the electorate who are more than happy to hear your thoughts and see if there is any way we can help you out!

My team are located in Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua, Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough! If you are unable to get to a meeting at one of our many locations, just flick me an email anytime on Alastair.scott@parilament.govt.nz or call 0800 687 596.

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