Robertson says tax decision made by Ardern

Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Thursday, 14 September 2017, 6:09PM

Labour is assuring supporters its tax U-turn won't stop the party tackling the housing crisis.

Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson today announced any recommendations from its tax working group won't come into effect until after the 2020 election.

Robertson denies pipping his party leader to force a U-turn on tax.

Labour came under fire for leaving some of its tax policy up to a working group, which would only start once they came to power.

He told Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch they'll extend the bright-line test, crack down on negative gearing, and look at banning foreign buyers from taking existing homes.

"So we've got a number of initiatives. What we're saying that the working group is going to look at, we're going to do that work, but then we are going to give people an opportunity to decide whether they want that to be implemented."

He said while he had a hand in the decision, ultimately it came from the top.

"It was very much, I mean I was involved but in the end it was very much Jacinda's decision."


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