Petition calls for no GST on food

01:24, Aug 14 2011
Sua William Sio
Labour MP Su'a William Sio.

A petition with 40,000 signatures calling for GST to be removed from food and a tax placed on financial speculation instead will be presented to Parliament at noon on Tuesday.

The Tax Justice petition will be received on the steps of Parliament by Labour's Mangere MP Su'a William Sio, who will present it to the House.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira will also be at the presentation of the petition.

Tax Justice campaign coordinator Vaughan Gunson said taking GST off food would give immediate relief to ''ordinary New Zealanders struggling to pay the bills''.

''Introducing a Financial Transaction Tax that targets the pariahs of the financial world would generate much needed government revenue.'