Mana would give poor $1000 Xmas Bonus

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MANA leader Hone Harawira says MANA would take tax cuts back from the countrys 10 % of richest people and give the money to the poor and needy as a $1000 Xmas gift.

Mr Harawira says giving everyone over 15 who earns $30,000 or less would cost $1.6 billion exactly the amount John Key gave to the richest 10% in the budget.

He says its not radical or new.

In 2008 Australia gave low and middle income families a Christmas bonus of $1,000 per child; single pensioners got a $1400 payment, and pensioner couples $2100.”

And in 1972, the Norman Kirk Labour government in New Zealand gave a Christmas bonus of an extra benefit payment to all beneficiaries.

Mr Harawira says giving money to the poor is a much more effective means of stimulating the economy than tax cuts to the rich because they spend the money in New Zealand whereas the rich are likely to spend it overseas.

Theres little doubt many New Zealanders are really struggling and need help right now while the rich quite frankly dont.

Last weeks Statistics NZ survey found that 50% of New Zealanders are finding it difficult to pay for basics while welfare organizations such as food banks are facing unprecedented demand.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Hone Harawira 021865372

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