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

 


Prime Minister: Budget builds capacity for growth

Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister

Budget builds capacity for growth

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Budget 2003 demonstrated that the government was committed to managing the country’s finances responsibly and lifting New Zealand’s economic performance.

The Prime Minister welcomed Michael Cullen’s fourth budget, saying it set out a coherent and highly credible programme for 2003-04.

“The budget strongly supports our aim of building and maintaining solid levels of economic growth through innovation, and of funding good public services and infrastructure sustainably.” Helen Clark said.

“The budget also provides confidence that New Zealand is well placed to deal with the challenges of a turbulent international environment.

“It continues to build on the many initiatives which have been taken in line with the February 2002 Growth and Innovation Framework to strengthen the economy’s capacity to grow through innovation.

“The government is determined to continue the task of building a shared vision and national consensus around the goal of lifting New Zealand’s economic performance and improving our social outcomes.

“The budget surplus being outlined by Michael Cullen today reinforces the government’s reputation as a careful and competent fiscal manager.

“That enables the government to address the priority areas of higher living standards for all through growth and innovation; supporting a cohesive society by funding good public services; reducing crime and boosting security levels; and investing for the future through a broad-based capital programme.

“Budget 2003 is another important step in ensuring opportunity and security for all New Zealanders,” Helen Clark said.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news