Canterbury farmer and former National Minister and MP, Kate Wilkinson pokes another big hole in Labour’s water tax bucket:
This is my “office”. No cows. Actually no rivers. Actually no streams. I am a sheep/arable farmer – trying economically to keep cows off my farm. But…… the latest Labour Party policy to tax me over $8000 a year may force me to consider dairy grazing. Where is the sense in that??? PS I already pay for the privilege of accessing water at a rate of some $6000 plus per month whether or not I access water. AND I pay for water I actually use.
This shows so clearly that the policy is based on emotion not facts, sentiment not science, politics not practicality.
We all want clean waterways.
The water tax won’t help improve water quality.
It will take money from farmers like Kate who aren’t even near a waterway.
It will take money from farmers who have been spending, and continue to spend, their own money ensuring they are doing everything possible to keep waterways clean.
It will use the money to take responsibility from those who aren’t doing what they should be.