Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Labour Party costing's set a good benchmark

Labour Party costing's set a good benchmark for other parties to follow
20 JULY 2017
Putting aside the merits of the policies, the Taxpayers’ Union welcomes Labour's transparency and the detail contained in its ‘Alternative Budget’ and hopes other parties will follow suit.

Mac Mckenna, an economist at the Taxpayers’ Union, says, “We have often criticised political parties for not detailing the costs of their manifestos in the lead up to elections. This year, Labour has obliged by providing explanations and costing policies over the next four years.”

“Our analysis is that the policies announced to date appear to be reasonably costed with realistic assumptions. The numbers add up and there is an honest acknowledgement of the extra debt Labour’s spending promises would lead to.”

“About half of Labour’s new spending would be funded by scrapping National’s tax cuts. The other half, approximately, comes from the slower pay down of debt."

“The desirability of Labour’s huge spending promises is a judgement call. Whether or not the numbers add up, however, is not.”

This week, the Taxpayers’ Union launched the Bribe-O-Meter, which can be viewed here. The Bribe-O-Meter includes the cost of National and Labour party election policies up until July 17. It will be updated weekly with other parties added progressively in the coming weeks.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog