Finance Minister Grant Robertson avoided taking a position on the issue on Tuesday.
“I’m certainly not saying that’s our policy. What I’m saying is we will announce our policy in the future… Today’s not the day for announcements.”
The National Party’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says Labour is “desperate” to increase taxes.
“They want to spend more and they want to tax more, and they need to be clear about who’s going to be paying it and when.”
Being vague around tax has got Labour into trouble before. During the 2017 election, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had to back down on new taxes after relentless attacks.
But members of the public Newshub spoke to said they could now be onside with a higher tax bracket.
“As people earn more, they have more to give,” one said.
“Definitely. There’s people that are doing it hard out here,” another said.
“At a selfish level, no [there shouldn’t be a higher tax bracket]. From an economic, wider-governmental perspective, yes,” a third claimed.
National lumping Labour in with the Greens on its new policy is unfair, but Labour isn’t helping itself by not having an answer. That leaves it wide open for speculation, and Labour should know by now that tax and National’s tax attacks are its greatest achilles heel.