by Grant Brookes
In the wake of the Mana Party announcement of its Hone Heke Tax proposal back in June, Labour's finance spokesperson David Cunliffe was moved to write a few words on why he opposed the idea (see: http://unityaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/11/introducing-robin-hood-tax-tax-justice.html).
But support for a FTT inside Labour and union circles has continued to grow, including among leaders of the NZ Nurses Organisation.
On 16 November, the Greater Wellington Regional Council of NZNO hosted a candidates forum. It was attended by the Green Party candidate for Rimutaka, Tane Woodley, and Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard. (The Mana Party candidate for Te Tai Tonga, Clinton Dearlove, had also accepted the invitation, but was unfortunately sick in bed that night).
NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff was at the forum, and she asked Mallard about Labour's current views on a Financial Transactions Tax:
Mallard's response shows that there is now support for the idea among Labour's front bench:
This underscores the need – and viability – of the call from the Tax Justice Campaign (http://www.nogstonfood.org/2011/08/18/“left-parties-should-come-together-on-tax-policy”-says-tax-justice/) for a broader Tax Justice Coalition. We need to bring together left parties inside and outside of Parliament, along with unions and other grassroots organisations, to keep pushing the policy in 2012.