Monday, October 26, 2009

GST makes me proud to live in New Zealand

In this morning's fish and chip wrapper, a truly splendid piece of drivel was uttered by Tapu Misa. Apparently, the ACC no faults compensation system makes her proud to live in New Zealand.

She then breathlessly compared the ACC system to other moments in New Zealand history like the emancipation of women, being nuclear weapons free and a process to settle Treaty grievances.

Well, that's a bit like me saying that the introduction of Goods and Service Tax makes me proud to live in Godzone as well, or perhaps, that the introduction of GST is right up there with Rutherford splitting the atom or winning the America's Cup in 1995.

It's a bit hard to take Misa seriously when she goes around comparing truly great moments in NZ history with the introduction of an insurance regime, particularly one which has morphed into an unwieldy and expensive state-run mess.

Misa should think about other reasons why NZ is a great place to live, such as the apparent abundance of hard working people who are propping up her fabulous ACC regime with ever increasing premiums.

I'm not yet convinced that the ACC system is broken to the point that it should be done away with. But I am failing to understand why businesses aren't allowed to contract out of ACC for the private provision of insurance. Misa makes the point that private insurance won't necessarily be any cheaper, but then, it may offer a better service that meets requirements more appropriately for those businesses - faster turnaround and superior care. It's a good thing that National and ACT are working to deliver this.

What other seminal moments in New Zealand non-history make you proud to live here? The punching of Rod Vaughan by Bob Jones? The moment Naomi Lange wore a pink cardigan to meet the Queen, or maybe even the moment in which Inland Revenue's forms were designed in that elegant shade of light blue?

8 comments:

JC said...

Like many another State product, ACC is like a concrete mixer.. you fire in your tax dollars and you get back a churned product that may or may not suit your requirements.

Unfortunately, if you don't like the product its too late as its turned to concrete.. hard, unchangable and a dead weight.

The product might suit a great many people but productivity often demands something much more flexible and cost efficient.

JC

Redbaiter said...

Tapu Misa is just another mainstream media Progressive. Their brains are damaged beyond repair and they deserve nothing but derision and scorn.

NZ will never be repaired until Misa and her Herald colleagues and the poisonous and destructive ideas they promote are consigned to the rubbish tips of political history.

Anonymous said...

But I am failing to understand why businesses aren't allowed to contract out of ACC for the private provision of insurance.


Because under the current scheme, they can. See e.g:

http://www.workaon.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=11047

That's not the problem. The problem is that in the Labour Party system, all employers must provide at least the same benefits to employees as ACC does. That's the problem that needs to be solved.

Psycho Milt said...

The problem is that in the Labour Party system, all employers must provide at least the same benefits to employees as ACC does.

That is, indeed, the "problem" National is aiming to solve.

JC said...

"That is, indeed, the "problem" National is aiming to solve."

And rightly so. The assumption that only the State can get it right is too ludicrous for serious discussion.

JC

The Veteran said...

Others may disagree but I believe that if ACC is to remain viable then there should be a nominal 'gateway' payment (say $100and indexed to inflation) by the claimant.

Ok, I accept this would challenge the very foundations of ACC but there is no magic pot of gold. It is funded out of ACC levies (i.e. tax) or general taxation and the proliferation of claims coupled with the proliferation of services on offer has reached the point where if it were a private business, the receivers would be running it.

Whatever the solution ACC can't avoid change and the ostrich comments by those who would defend it to the death do them (and ACC) no justice.

KG said...

Tapu Misa is the idiot product of State indoctrination, in all it's vomitous glory.

baxter said...

Watch out Sue, with views like that I can see Len BROWN tapping this girl on the shoulder to be his deputy.