HON DAVID CARTER - Minister for Primary Industries & Minister of Local Government
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
National’s 1 October tax cuts will support our rural communities, local businesses, and the economic recovery.
The tax package is designed to enhance economic growth. It seeks to rebalance the economy towards earnings, savings, and investing, and away from the unsustainable borrowing, consumption, and over-investment in housing of the past decade.
The tax cuts on 1 October will leave the vast majority of people better off even after the GST rise. Most sole traders – such as farmers, agricultural contractors, and the vital small businesses that support our primary sector – will have more money in their pockets.
It’s important to remember they are also about providing the right incentives. They are the next step in National’s programme to encourage exports and investment.
Together – with the upcoming reduction in company tax – the tax cuts will allow rural enterprises to reduce debt, invest in their staff and plant, and support growth.
David was appointed Minister for Primary Industries following the 2011 General Election and Minister of Local Government in early 2012.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1994, was the Junior Government Whip in 1996, before being promoted to a Minister outside Cabinet in 1998. Following the 2008 General Election, David’s Ministerial responsibilities included Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity and Minister of Forestry.
David attended St Bede's College in Christchurch and graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Lincoln University before embarking on a farming and business career.
David’s interest in local government stems from a long family history in local body politics, with his father serving on the Christchurch City Council for nearly 40 years.
David currently farms sheep and beef properties on Banks Peninsula and at Cheviot in North Canterbury.