Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Budget fails to deliver -- English


Hon Bill English National Party Leader 23 May 2002


Budget fails to deliver -- English

"Today's Budget is further proof that this Government has run out of ideas about improving New Zealand's economic performance and New Zealanders' aspirations," says National Party Leader Bill English.

Mr English says the Government has failed to capitalise on the best economic conditions in a generation to implement real and effective changes that will deliver long-term sustainable growth to the economy.

"During this period, favoured with good commodity prices and a low dollar, it has missed a prime opportunity to help increase the competitiveness of small businesses that drive our economy. Now these businesses face a much more difficult environment with a rising dollar and increasing interest rates.

"All the Budget has dished up is a repackaging and re-announcement of commitments already made. We were promised a knowledge wave and it has passed us by without causing so much as a ripple.

"It's a mish-mash of dollars and acronyms for bureaucratic programmes. Real people who do real things don't appear at all.

"This Budget does nothing to lift our sustainable growth rates and deliver an economy that can afford the world-class health and education systems all New Zealanders want.

"It also does nothing about the current mounting problems in the education and health sectors. Secondary school students and their parents are still going to face wildcat teacher strikes every day and older people will still continue to see growing waiting lists and further health cuts.

"However, we do agree with more funding for apprenticeships - New Zealand needs more skilled young people." Mr English says National has released a comprehensive and credible plan that will lift New Zealand's economic performance and deliver long-term, sustainable growth.

"All this Budget does is highlight the clear difference between Labour and National at this year's election.

"Voters can punt for Labour and their higher operating balances, as well as higher taxes, increasing debt and billions of taxpayers' dollars invested overseas.

"Or they can vote National and get lower operating balances, as well as less tax, strong investment in New Zealand, reduced business costs and lower debt," Mr English concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.

“Housing NZ is committed to redressing the hardship these tenants faced...” More>>

 

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels