“We’ve been very upfront and honest about that,” he said. “We also work in a Coalition Government environment and, from time to time, there are policies that not all the parties agree on.
“At the same time – for every one of those things that haven’t gone as well as we liked, there are many, many others that have improved the lives of New Zealanders,” said Robertson, referring to extended paid parental leave and the free apprenticeship scheme which came into force on Wednesday.
The Green Party wants salaries more than $100,000 taxed at 37 percent and anything over $150,000 taxed at 42 percent. Currently, the highest tax bracket is every dollar earned over $70,000 taxed at 33 percent.
Robertson said he was in favour of a “progressive” tax system, which New Zealand already has in place.
But it’s not quite as progressive as Australia – their tax brackets go as high as $180,001 and over. Those who earn that salary or above are taxed $54,097 (30 percent) plus 45 cents for each $1 earned over $180,000.
The maximum earners can be taxed is 45 percent. The next bracket down is people earning between $87,001 and $180,000 (22.78 – 30.13 percent), followed by $37,001 – $87,000 (9.65 – 22.78 percent), and $18,201 – $37,000 (0 – 9.65 percent).
Australians who earn $18,200 or less do not have to pay income tax, according to the Australian Taxation Office.
Robertson said New Zealand’s system was “fair and balanced” and has been in place for decades.