Facing growing calls from local government and even from within the National Party for Government leadership on the issue of single-use plastic bags, new Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson looks likely to opt for a levy rather than a ban - and that could be good news for local charities.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Thursday.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column where I say John Key is right to try to protect New Zealand's broad based and low rate tax base from an evaporation into the stateless cloud.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Wednesday, including an 8.8% fall in dairy prices overnight, John Key's support for charging GST on online purchases from offshore sites and Nathan Guy's lukewarm response to MIE's 'Big Red' plan for a Fonterra-style meat Co-op.
Finance Minister Bill English has acknowledged some of the lower-than-expected GST receipts reported in Treasury figures for the first seven months of the financial year could be linked to 'leakage' of retail sales to overseas websites that don't charge GST.