On the Money: green-eyed politics, here's to the Harts, Aussie parochialism and more

On the Money: green-eyed politics, here's to the Harts, Aussie parochialism and more
The PM is on a charm offensive this year. (Image: Getty)
Paul McBeth
All the frillsChris Hipkins, the prime minister, was in Auckland on Thursday for another big anti-announcement. This time it turned out he was cancelling a hypothetical cyclone levy, an ephemeral capital gains tax, an imaginary wealth tax, and all “frills” in the upcoming budget.Hipkins arguably had to do this because the tax department’s investigation into high net-worth individuals had stoked all kinds of speculation about the shiny new taxes it might be foreshadowing. At the event, the PM said he wasn’t getting into t...

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