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250 IRD Jobs Axed – Only 5750 To Go

Press Release – Solo New Zealand

Inland Revenue is looking for 250 volunteers in their department to put up their hands for an axing, which is a bloody good start but not nearly enough, says SOLO-NZ Coordinator Glenn Jameson. 

SOLO NZ Press Release:

250 IRD Jobs Axed – Only 5750 To Go
24 April, 2009

 

Inland Revenue is looking for 250 volunteers in their department to put up their hands for an axing, which is a bloody good start but not nearly enough, says SOLO-NZ Coordinator Glenn Jameson. 

“If there’s a silver lining in this global recession then this is surely it. These redundancies couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of people. Over the years they have destroyed countless lives of hard-working New Zealanders with their vindictive witch-hunts,” notes Jameson. 

“I’m sure there will be a wry smile on the faces of victims like Ron Denby, who for fifty years built a multi-million dollar business only to have it snuffed out in a day when the IRD wrongfully and illegally accused him of owing them hundreds of thousands of dollars; like Gerald Sommerville who was hounded and punished for incomplete GST records while he was fighting for his life in intensive care; like Dave Henderson who lost a fortune fighting them after being presumed guilty before finally being proven innocent. 

“Unfortunately this happy news has come far too late for Ian Mutton and his 13-year-old son Trevor who killed themselves as a result of relentless harassment by these henchmen for Nanny State. 

“Since 2004 the IRD’s ranks have bloated beyond 20%, no doubt to handle the enormous surpluses the government siphoned off the productive to spend on the unproductive. Rather than trimming their 6000 employees by a measly 4%, they should cull their numbers back to a total of 4%, the approximate percentage of income tax the country requires to run the core services – law and order, the judiciary and national defense – needed to protect the rights of every individual,” Jameson concludes.

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