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2017 Election "Bribe-O-Meter" Launched

2017 Election "Bribe-O-Meter" Launched

18 JULY 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Taxpayers’ Union is repeating its popular election costing tool with the launch of the 2017 General Election Bribe-O-Meter to keep track of the cost of party manifestos in the lead up to polling day.

"The Bribe-O-Meter provides transparency on what the promises made by political parties will cost and it holds to account politicians who make up numbers when announcing policies." says Jordan Williams, the Union's Executive Director

The Bribe-O-Meter is the most comprehensive independent policy costing project undertaken in New Zealand and was first launched prior to the 2014 election and was run again for the 2015 Northland by-election.

The Bribe-O-Meter is available at www.taxpayers.org.nz/bribe_o_meter. Weekly updates (including royalty free info-graphics) will be sent to media organisations.

The first release of the Bribe-O-Meter shows all current proposals by the National and Labour Party. Minor parties will be added in the next few weeks, as well as updates for any new policies by the two major parties.

Q&A:

What is the Bribe-O-Meter?

The Bribe-O-Meter is about transparency. We will be updating the figures weekly, allowing potential voters to assess which political parties are offering taxpayers value for money. Costs only include policies that will fall during the next election cycle (Budget 2018 to Budget 2020).

Budget 2017 is used as a baseline. So only policies that deviate from Budget 2017 are included in the Bribe-O-Meter. Items of spending contained in Budget 2017, which a party proposes to cut are subtracted from a party's total figure.

Who provides the figures for the Bribe-O-Meter?

Both internal and external economic advisors produce the Bribe-O-Meter figures. Political and communications personnel at the Taxpayers' Union are not involved in the Bribe-O-Meter reports.

How often will the Bribe-O-Meter be updated?

The Bribe-O-Meter will be updated on a weekly basis.

Are the graphics free to use?

Yes, the media are free to use the graphics, but we ask that they are attributed to the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.

What were results of Bribe-O-Meter in 2014?

The results can be found at http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/bribe_o_meter_2014

ENDS


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