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Goff re-enforces Greens-Labour pact

Labour expects to go into a full coalition with the Greens and give its leaders Russel Norman and Metiria Turei ministerial posts, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

“I think the Greens would be a partner to the Labour-led Government and I would expect them to be in formal coalition with us.”

But he said it was too soon to say what portfolios might be offered.

“We have to get there. When we are there we we’ll make those decisions and in consultation with our partners.”

His comments follow Dr Norman saying the Greens would expect a finance role, such as associate finance minister, in a Labour-led Government.

Mr Goff again refused to confirm that the party’s big financial announcement on Thursday would include a capital gains tax. But he said the recent debate about a CGT had been useful.

He also refused to confirm Labour would announce details of a planned new top tax rate, expected to cut in at $120,000 or above.

For most people their tax would go down, because Labour would bring in a tax free threshold at $5000.

He said Labour was not changing tax policy to “tax and spend” but to create a fairer system and one that reduced debt.

Original article:

07/11/2011 – 12:00


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