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BUDGET 2006: HEADLINES
Michael Cullen's 7th Budget Speech
- Finance Minister, Michael Cullen: "I move, that the Appropriation (2006/07 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. Budget 2006 demonstrates the importance to the Government and the people of New Zealand of the commonsense, consistent, long term view that has been taken over the previous six Budgets. Over the period from 2000 to 2005 New Zealand experienced very strong economic growth, averaging nearly four per cent over the last five years. This has led to strong household income growth, rising real incomes, and very low levels of unemployment. Since December 1999 an additional 313,000 jobs have been created in the New Zealand economy." See... Budget Speech 2006
Parliament Audio: Michael Cullen's Budget 2006 speech.Budget 2006: PM's Statement - Transforming New Zealand
RELATED LINKS:For the full text (when released) of the budget see...
TREASURY BUDGET 2006 WEBSITE
See also the BEEHIVE BUDGET PAGE
For previous budgets see...
- BUDGET 2004
- BUDGET 2003
- BUDGET 2002
- BUDGET 2001
& BUDGET 2000
BUDGET 2006 SCOOP COMMENTARY
Sludge Report #171 - Budget 2006 - A Budget For Auckland (And Internet Users)
Scoop Sludge Report: NZ Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen presents Budget 2006 to the media lock-up
- With his lead budget headline stolen by a DPMC messenger local loop unbundling, Finance Minister Michael Cullen faced only minimal questioning in the budget lock-up this afternoon as he delivered his 7th budget media lock-up presentation in the Beehive banquet hall. Mind you having delivered a very long explanation in his presentation, there was arguably not a great deal left to find out. In fact as you look closely a fairly large chunk of the announced new spending in Budget 2006 is in fact related to initiatives the government campaigned on which have already been actioned. SEE
C.D. Sludge's Budget 2006 Report
& Budget 2006 Images And Audio
Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound discuss the 2006 Budget,
how targeted funding often offers indication of where the Government intends to take the country watch out for the detail. Also discussed is how David Cunliffe is the man of the week.
- The Haps; The key statistics; What is not in the budget; Inflationary; Fueling inflation; Predictions always wrong; Spin not substance; Huge risk; Paying for mis investment; Charles Chauvel; Caucus Unsettled; Pinch National policy?; Survived another week; ... See... The Letter Monday, 22 May 2006
Molesworth and Featherston
- The economic idea behind Michael Cullens seventh budget is that the downturn were in is a temporary and inevitable part of an economic cycle; and that the best response is to keep a steady hand. See... Molesworth & Featherston (Budget) May 19th 2006
- Budget Time again for Michael Cullen, and speculation to the contrary, its unlikely to be his last ... Red faces all round when the budget leaker, a Beehive messenger, is uncovered ... Gross and disgraceful dishonesty the PM says ... But Michael Ryan ... See... Transtasman Political Letter 18 May Digest
- Isn't the point of a budget to live within your means and not everybody else's? Nothing makes a budget look sicker than high living and that's exactly what Cullen and the Labour socialists delivered yesterday. After filching a record $8.48 billion surplus ... Marc My Words: An obscene and obese Budget
- Finance Minister Michael Cullen described his seventh Budget as one that delivered on Labour's election promises and guarantees solutions to key regional transport issues. The budget allocates new operating spending of $9.6 billion and capital of ... Beehive Bulletin - Budget 2006 Special
BUDGET 2006 POST BUDGET DAY DEVELOPMENTS
NZ Govt. - Hon. Michael Cullen - Wellington Chamber Address NZ Govt - Clark: Auckland Chamber of Commerce Post Budget
Budget 2006: Peter Harris And Pals Discuss Budget's Social Impact
While many in the media were obsessed with haranguing Dr Cullen for tax cuts presumably to enable them to take that extra overseas holiday Scoop rose before any self respecting crow the day after Budget 2006 and attended Public Health Association's annual post Budget brekky to see if there were other stories around. Dissecting the Budget from a social perspective at the PHA's post budget breakfast were four high profile speakers: Rod Oram, Peter Harris, Cindy Kiro and Debbie Te Whaiti. See... Budget 2006 - A Social Perspective ALSO:Scoop Report - Sludge Report #171 - Budget 2006 Scoop - Budget 2006 Lockup - Images And AudioNZ Govt - Budget Speech 2006NZ Govt - Budget 2006 Executive SummaryNZ Govt - Budget 2006: Rt Hon Helen Clark Budget SpeechBUDGET DEBATE SPEECHES - AUDIO AS DELIVEREDMichael Cullen's Budget 2006 speech.Prime Minister, Helen Clark's speech.
National Leader, Don Brash's speech. NZ First Leader, Winston Peters's speech.Budget: Spy Budget Doubles Aid Stays The Same - Locke Sees Red
- "Our spies got $23.28 million to do their job last time around. But in the year 2006/07, this will rocket up to $43.49 million - without any explanation in the Budget about what this money is for."This increase comes at the same time that our aid vote - which could actually help to reduce income disparity and instability in our region, if properly funded - is being held to its current paltry ratio. See... Budget bonanza for spies ALSO:Caritas - Budget Disappointment as ODA Stays the SameCID - Poor performance on aid in Budget
BUDGET 2006 THE REACTION - FULL COVERAGE
BUDGET DEBATE SPEECHES - AS PREPARED
Budget 2006: Rt Hon Helen Clark Budget SpeechWinston Peters 2006 Budget Speech
SELECTED BUDGET DEBATE SPEECHES- AUDIO AS DELIVERED
Parliament Audio: Michael Cullen's Budget 2006 speech.
Parliamentary Audio: Prime Minister, Helen Clark's speech.
Parliamentary Audio: National Leader, Don Brash's speech.
Parliamentary Audio: NZ First Leader, Winston Peters's speech.
Office of the Speaker - Parliamentary broadcasts to be extended
Whats in Budget 2006 for you?Beehive Bulletin - Budget 2006 SpecialRural New Zealand central to Government thinkingBudget boost for Northland skillsMassive boost for Waikato's transport projectsSouthland classrooms chalk up Budget bonusMarlborough-Kaikoura classrooms Budget bonusConstant Improvement the Theme for CourtsNZ Govt - More good news from a focussed BudgetNZ Govt - Budget funding for home rating scheme
Budget biosecurity funding a sham Budget 2006: All talk no action on prison workAnderton fails farmers twice in a weekwww.mccully.co.nz 19 May 2006Brash: Post-Budget AddressBudget: Prison costs still not not nailed downPansy Speak: 'The State Knows Best' BudgetThe Mapp Report: Bondi or Bust?Budget 2006: Maharey misleads schoolsCollins' CommentsBudget 2006: Dumped patients will take no comfortBondi Budget bad for New Zealand Don Brash Speech Cullen's Supersize Me surplus John Key
Brash's cultural cringe reminiscent of Sir Joh
Paying properly for aged care Flat Earth budget ignores the real world Greens look to overseas aid budget increase
The Maori Party
Budget 2006: Flaming Torches and TomahawksA Tale of Sound and Fury, Signifying NothingSharples: National identity - whose identity? Labour says Maori Don't Matter Sharples: The Genuine Progress Index
Turia: 2006 Budget Address
Dental Health Facts in Short SupplyAn MMP Budget: NZ First Fixing It for All NZers
One Small Step For ImmigrationNZ First Fixing It In The Eldercare SectorElectricity Reforms Before Splitting Telecom
ACT New Zealand - Budget Crumbs For Auckland RoadsThe "Lost Opportunity Budget"
Leader's Letter: Budget special
NZ Government (Reaction To Reaction)
Try reading the Budget Rodney!Cunliffe welcomes Brash broadband commitment
Non Parliamentary Political Reaction:
ALCP - Cannabis Party declares Vote of No ConfidenceDemocrats for Social Credit - Cullen thinks inside the squareEvery Child Counts - Budget 2006
Health Sector Reaction:
Health Cuts Hurt - Budget Continues Underfunding Model For HospitalsFoundation for the Deaf - Brighter Future for Hearing Impaired BabiesRoyal Australasian College of Surgeons - Budget neglects waiting listsSmokefree Coalition - How Many People Have To Die? - Smokefree CoalitionCollege of General Practitioners - Good news but... says College of GPsHealthcare Providers - Aged Care: Funding increase welcomed, not enough Public Health Association - Public Health Association Gives Budget 7 Out of 10 NZNO - Budget Leaves Aged Care Out in the Cold NZMA - Mixed reaction to Budget
Education Sector Reaction:
Manukau Institute of Technology - Skills training boost vital for future developmentEducation Forum - Student loan access for thousands under threatSecondary Futures - Education project has Future extendedQuality Public Education Coalition - Unimaginative Budget for EducationNational Maori Tertiary Students Association - Mâori students distraught at Budget cutsSchool Trustees Association - Budget no surprise say school trusteesMâori students distraught at Budget cuts NZ School Trustees Association - Budget no surprise say school trustees NZEI - Govt Investment in Early Childhood, Schools NZ University Students' Association - Government fails to build on interest free loansAUS - More investment needed for universities
NZCTU - Disappointment at Funding for Maori Development NZCTU - CTU welcomes new spending on literacyNZCTU - Lifting Wages a Far Higher Priority than Tax Cuts NZCTU - Budget Addresses Modernisation Agenda
Business Sector Reaction:
New Zealand Business Roundtable - Budget 2006: "Read It and Weep"Distilled Spirits Association Of NZ Inc - Alcohol tax increase hits ordinary KiwisNZ Venture Investment Fund - NZVIF praises venture capital sector budget boostContractors Federation - Roading windfall will boost regional economiesCouncil for Infrastructure Development - Expressways more than 10 years away despite fundsCouncil for Infrastructure Development - Budget roading investment still behindIndustry Training Federation of New Zealand - Industry Training Opportunity MissedAA - AA Congratulates Government On A Fantastic Budget Roading NZ - Response to 2006 Budget Bank of New Zealand - BNZ Weekly Overview May 18 2006 Property Council Of New Zealand - Investment in land transport good news Business Council for Sustainable Development - Budget hits the right buttons Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce - King and Cullen Congratulated on Road FundingBusiness NZ - Budget Incremental Rather Than TransformationalTourism Industry Association - Budget no boost for tourismNew Zealand Business Roundtable - Government Must Reassess Growth Strategy EMA Northern - Government spending not as efficient as tax cuts Federated Farmers - After The Party Comes The Hangover Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Transforming Auckland's Economy Up to the Region & Now Its Up to Transit to Get the Job Done Ernst and Young - No Tax Cuts This Year
Molesworth & Featherston (Budget) May 19th 2006Keith Ng - Public Address 19/05/06 - BudgetballsCOMVOICES - Lacklustre but not necessarily lackingECO - Environmentally blind budgetCaritas - Budget Disappointment as ODA Stays the SameMaxim Institute - Real Issues - No 205, 18 May 2006Council of Christian Social Services - Budget 2006 - Were Not There YetSave the Children - Violence Prevention And Family Focus PositiveCouncil for International Development - Poor performance on aid in BudgetNZbio - NZbio welcomes $13 million budget boostAssociation of Crown Research Institutes - RS&T - right direction, new approaches applaudedManukau City Council - Budget Great News for ManukauNZ Screen Council - Screen Council Funding ConfirmedChild Poverty Action Group - Budget expectations 2006 NZCSS - Budget 2006 - Were Not There Yet Save The Children - Violence Prevention And Family Focus Positive Council for International Development - Poor performance on aid in Budget NZ On Air - NZ On Air welcomes funding increase Families Commission - Budget Recognises Seriousness of Family Violence Association of Crown Research Institutes - RS&T - right direction, new approaches applaudedRoading New Zealand - Roading expected to benefit from budget 2006
BUDGET 2006 THE PRESS KIT
(Note see also pre-budget announcements below)
The Budget Speech
Budget Speech 2006
Coalition Leaders' Statements
Labour's Helen Clark - Transforming New ZealandNZ First's Winston Peters - An MMP Budget: NZ First Fixing It for All NZers
United Future's Peter Dunne - Leader's Letter: Budget special
Budget 2006 Executive SummaryBudget 2006 Theme 1 - Economic Transformation Budget 2006 Theme 2 - Families, Young and Old Budget 2006 Theme 3 - National Identity
Delivering on commitments, investing for future Budget 2006: Funding to boost promotion of NZ Budget 2006: Protecting consumers and investors
Budget 2006: Strengthening New Zealand schools Budget 2006: Quality and access in EC Education Budget 2006: Transforming the learning environment Budget 2006: Tertiary sector vital for economy Budget 2006: Training to boost industry skills
Budget 2006: Improving skills of the workforce Budget 2006: Further financial help for students
Budget 2006: A health budget for all NZ families Budget 2006: A healthier future for young NZers Budget 2006: Caring for older New Zealanders Budget 2006: $76 million to fight obesity epidemic ACC funding to improve treatment outcomes
Budget 2006: 2000+ homes added over three years
Law, Order & Security
Budget 2006: Safer families and communities Budget 2006: More money for safer borders
Research, Growth And Innovation Framework
Budget 2006: Supporting firms to break offshore Budget 2006: Venture capital for young firms Budget 2006: Driving innovation through science Budget 2006 Q&A: Venture Investment Fund Budget 06 Q&A: Market Development Assistance
Art, Culture And Sport
Budget 2006: Arts, culture & heritage investmentBudget 2006: Support for arts & culture increases Budget 2006: Enhancing New Zealand broadcasting Budget 2006: Funding boost for sport & recreation
Trade and Foreign Affairs
Budget 2006: Defence needs at home and abroad met Budget 2006: Boost for Foreign Affairs & ODA
Other Stuff - Maori, State Sector, Local Govt
Budget 2006: The Maori Potential ApproachBudget 2006: Investing in Mâori PotentialBudget 2006: $311 million for conservationBudget 2006: Help to revitalise Pacific languagesBudget 2006: Major boost for land transport Budget 2006: 5-year Funding Package for SHsBudget 2006: Auckland transport a budget winner Budget 2006: Securing our energy future Protecting workers from hazardous substances
BUDGET 2006 PREVIEWS
PRE BUDGET 2006 GOVT. ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRE BUDGET GOVERNMENT RELEASES:
Taxation: Dunne Turns Down Heat on Overseas Capital Gains
- The Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, announced today, that after listening carefully to public submissions, the Government will bring in an amendment to the Tax Bill introduced into Parliament today, with the intention of calming ill-founded fears among New Zealanders with overseas investments in companies such as the Guinness Peat Group. See... Amendment to 2006 Tax Bill
Police: Government Moves To Thicken The 'Thin Blue Line'
- The Government has committed a total of $164.3 million in operating costs and $52.3 million in capital costs over the next four years for the first tranche of the 1000 frontline sworn police and 250 non-sworn police promised under its confidence and supply agreement with New Zealand First. See... 1250 new police will reach $500 million
ALSO:NZ First - NZ First Welcomes $500 Million For PoliceNational - Labour must first rebuild confidence in policeNZ Police - Initiative To Increase Police Response CapabilityPolice Assn - Increased Funding A Welcome Necessity
Budget: Money for Buy Kiwi Made Campaign
- Funding of $11.5 million will be made available over the next three years to fund a Buy Kiwi-Made programme, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard and Government Spokesperson for Buy Kiwi-Made Sue Bradford announced today. The Buy Kiwi-Made programme was part of the post election cooperation agreement between the Government and the Green Party. See... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00319.htm
ALSO:ACT - Taxpayers Foot The Bill To Buy Kiwi MadeNational Distribution Union - Buy Kiwi-Made will make a real differenceCouncil of Trade Unions - Consider the Many Benefits of Buying Kiwi MadeClothing, Laundry and Allied Workers Union - Government Support for Manufacturing PraisedOTHER BUDGET NEWS:NZ Govt - New funding to plan fisheries managementBusiness Roundtable - Budget Should Address Sagging Growth Rate
Internet: Budget Surprise Comes Early Local Loop To Be Unbundled
- New Zealanders can look forward to faster, better broadband Internet services thanks to the comprehensive telecommunications package announced today. Today's package includes: Requiring the unbundling of the local loop
and sub-loop copper-wire lines between telephone exchanges and homes and businesses, allowing other Internet Service Providers to compete fully with Telecom to provide faster, cheaper broadband. See... NZ'ers can look forward to faster broadband REACTION:ISPANZ - ISPANZ over the moon with govt broadband decisionRussell Brown - Public Address 04/05/06 - It's All On - EventuallyTelecom - A Lost Opportunity For New Zealand National - Maurice Williamson Talks Local Loop UnbundlingOrcon - Fight for good LLU starts now, don't forget rural Green Party - Government move on Telecom welcomed ACT - Telecom Regulation "Big Step Backwards"TelstraClear - Great decision Minister Orcon - Orcon believes $10 broadband viable with LLU InternetNZ - InternetNZ welcomes excellent government decisionsBusiness NZ - Investment will be the judge of unbundlingihug - Handbrake Comes Off NZ BroadbandBusiness Roundtable - Telecomm's Decision Damaging to Investment, GrowthInternetNZ - Dispelling the Myths in Telco RegulationNZ First - NZ First Welcomes Telecom CompetitionAlliance Party - Govt does not go far enough with "unbundling"NHNZ - NHNZ Welcomes Changes to Telecommunications RulesAucland City Council - Unbundling a positive move for citys economyLocal Government NZ - Cheaper, faster broadband good newsAuckland City Council - Fast broadband access for all by 2010AUT - Internet expert to visit New Zealand
Budget: The Predictions
- For many, Budget time means just another list of new services and funding from Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen, announcements which mean nothing to ordinary people. However, the Government is committed to creating and supporting a better future for all New Zealanders. David Coates, Rakaias Labour spokesman and resident of Darfield, says, Budget 2006 will affect the citizens of the Selwyn and Ashburton Districts in many positive ways.
Whats in Budget 2006 for you?
Parliament Audio: You can click here to listen to Live Audio from Parliament.NZCTU - Lifting Wages a Far Higher Priority than Tax Cuts Green Party - Greens look to overseas aid budget increase Ernst and Young - No Tax Cuts This YearAUS - More investment needed for universitiesRoading New Zealand - Roading expected to benefit from budget 2006Maori Party - Sharples: The Genuine Progress Index Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound discuss the 2006 Budget