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    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Stephen Franks on the Three Waters Legal Challenge

    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Stephen Franks on the Three Waters Legal Challenge

    In our first episode of Taxpayer Talk for 2023, Peter Williams is joined by lawyer Stephen Franks. Stephen is a founding director of the commercial and public law firm Franks Ogilvie, a former member of Parliament and spokesperson for the Water Users' Group.

    Stephen joins Peter to discuss why the Water Users' Group, backed by the Taxpayers' Union, is taking a Government minister to the Court of Appeal and what any alternative Three Waters legislation might look like. The Government has claimed that Crown Law told the former Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta that co-governance of our water services is required under Treaty of Waitangi. The new Water Services Entities Act means the country’s water infrastructure will be co-governed by Iwi and local authority representatives, but at what cost to water users?

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    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Christmas Special with Hon Ruth Richardson and Jordan Williams

    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Christmas Special with Hon Ruth Richardson and Jordan Williams

    In this year's final episode of Taxpayer Talk, Peter Williams hosts fellow Taxpayers' Union board members Hon Ruth Richardson and Executive Director, Jordan Williams, to review the highs and lows of 2022.

    Peter sits down with Ruth and Jordan to discuss everything from the economy to education to Winston Peters.

    As a former Minister of Finance, Ruth is well placed to provide analysis of the political year, the state of the economy and the Reserve Bank.

    Jordan provides an insight of the year inside the Taxpayers' Union and gives his take on what the big issues will be in 2023.

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    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Dr James McDowall MP on the Hamilton West by-election

    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Dr James McDowall MP on the Hamilton West by-election

    This week on Taxpayer Talk, Peter Williams hosts ACT Party MP Dr James McDowall. Peter sits down with James to discuss his candidacy for the Hamilton West by-election.

    The three highest polling candidates for Hamilton West were all invited to appear on this podcast but only Dr McDowall agreed to appear. Peter and James discuss the issues facing the electorate, his background before politics and why he wants to be Hamilton West's local MP.

    Later in the podcast, Peter is joined by Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, and Campaigns Manager, Callum Purves, to discuss the by-election, Three Waters entrenchment and u-turns by National and ACT on their tax policies.

    The Taxpayers' Union is co-hosting an election debate with The Working Group at 7pm on Monday 5 December in Hamilton. The top five highest polling candidates will be present. You can RSVP by clicking here.

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    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Andrew Bayly MP on the IRD’s new powers

    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Andrew Bayly MP on the IRD’s new powers

    In this edition of Taxpayer Talk, Peter Williams’s guest is National Party MP and Revenue Spokesperson, Andrew Bayly. Peter and Andrew sit down to discuss the Inland Revenue Department's new powers to request information from individuals.

    In 2020, while all the attention was focused on the new 39% top tax rate, another clause was added into the Tax Administration Act 1994 that gives the IRD Commissioner the power to demand any information from individuals that they consider relevant for a purpose relating to the development of policy for the improvement or reform of the tax system. While this clause sounds well-intentioned, it was snuck through under urgency with no public consultation or expert evidence. We highlight some of these issues in our article about what these new powers mean for you.

    Also discussed in this podcast is the National Party position on tax bracket indexation and the 39% top tax rate.

    To find out more information about our Nosey Parker campaign and to send Minister David Parker a letter, head to noseyparker.nz

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    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Education and Social Outcomes with novelist Alan Duff

    Peter Williams Hosts Taxpayer Talk: Education and Social Outcomes with novelist Alan Duff

    In this edition of Taxpayer Talk, Peter Williams’s guest is author Alan Duff, the creator of the hugely successful and influential book and movie Once Were Warriors and the founder of the Duffy Books in Homes programme.

    Duff's best known book and the movie came out around thirty years ago and shocked middle class New Zealand who hadn’t seen the less privileged represented in such a way. Yet three decades on has the situation around domestic violence, alcoholism and welfare dependency improved? Most statistics point to no, but why has the country not taken responsibility for fixing such social ills when the issue has been in front of us for so long? Duff is a passionate believer in education as a pathway from poverty but expresses his frustration that this pathway is just not travelled enough.

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    Peter Williams hosts Taxpayer Talk: Danish Free Speech advocate Jacob Mchangama

    Peter Williams hosts Taxpayer Talk: Danish Free Speech advocate Jacob Mchangama

    This week, Peter Williams hosts free speech campaigner Jacob Mchangama, a Danish lawyer who recently visited New Zealand. His visit was prescient as the Justice Minister Kiri Allan has recently promised that hate speech legislation will be in our Parliament by the end of the year.

    Jacob is the founder and director of Justitia, a Copenhagen-based think tank focusing on human rights, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. Jacob's book 'Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media' was released earlier this year which provides and insightful overview of how free speech has been viewed in different societies across history. 

    Peter also has a piece of correspondence regarding last week’s guest Dr Claire Charters and wonders if that letter would be able to see the light of day under Kiri Allan’s new laws.

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