GST 'a tax against the poor' - Dotcom

MICHAEL FALLOW
Last updated 12:53 12/08/2014
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TARGET TAX: Kim Dotcom speaks at a political roadshow event for Internet Mana at Southland Boys' High School.

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Kim Dotcom has pledged to turn on fellow members of the ''one per cent'' wealthy to get them to pay a fairer share of tax.

Asked during a question-and-answer session in Invercargill yesterday about how to confront the ''biggest bludgers in the whole of the country'', Dotcom referred back to his own experience at the hands of the Government.

''By doing what they have done to me, by radicalising me to start something political, they have opened the door to someone who understands the game and can see right through all the crap they (the most wealthy) are doing and identify the taxes that we need to establish,'' he said.

''I know where to turn the screws to get the money from the top. I know all their little tricks.''

GST was really a tax against the poor, he said, and he questioned the lack of an inheritance tax.

Asked how Internet Mana could pay for its policy of free tertiary education he said that answer was simple - capital gains tax.

This would only hurt banks, corporations and the one per cent rich, he said, because they were the only ones benefiting from the tax not existing.

Banks that were sending $1.5 billion profits to Australian shareholders each year would still do business here if we had capital gains tax and they ''only made a billion''.

The tax would pay not only for free tertiary education but also ''totally awesome broadband connectivity throughout the entire country''.

It would be quite easy to reverse the trend of job losses from the regions if the Government were to provide tax incentives for companies to go back to the rural areas.

''A five per cent tax discount, and you will see a lot of businesses that want to have that extra profit go back into rural areas and start factories and businesses there. It's really a simple solution and doesn't even cost the Government so much money''.

Digital currencies like Bitcoin were the way to bypass the completely corrupted world banking system, which was headed for another global financial disaster ''so much bigger than what we have just had''.

Dotcom had earlier told the crowd that one of his hacking exploits as a 19-year-old in Germany had targetted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration because he wanted to know if aliens really existed. Asked what he had found out, he cheerfully answered: "I looked everywere, 1200 different servers, but couldn't find anything. I was hoping to find a transcript interview with one of the aliens. (But) nothing ....''

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