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BUDGET 2002 - BUDGET 2001 & BUDGET 2000

BUDGET 2003 - Finance Minister Michael Cullen's 4th

BUDGET 2003: Dr Cullen’s Speech - Mr Speaker, this year’s Budget has been prepared amidst the most uncertain political and economic situation internationally for a very long time. See... Michael Cullen’s Budget Speech
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BUDGET 2003: Images - BUDGET IMAGES: 36 Inches Of Accountability


BUDGET 2003: Scoop Helps Fix The Budget - Many moons ago, at Dr Cullen's first budget Sludge offered the view "The Budget Is Wrong". At the time a few liberties were possibly taken for literary reasons. Now however we have a genuine budget mistake to report, a real goober. A $1.67 billion doozy which has led to a restatement of the accounts. See... Sludge Report #151 – The Budget Is Wrong! (Again)

BUDGET 2003: Hard News - Temperance Man - One of the curiosities of our era is the way political conservatives have become fiscal lunatics while the erstwhile looney left pitches itself as the soul of stewardship. In the run-up to Michael Cullen's Budget speech , Richard Prebble became particularly amusing... See… Temperance man |May 16, 2003

BUDGET 2003: Les Hunter- Pre-funding Super = Corporate Welfare - The decision of the government to pre-fund future pension liabilities from the Budget surplus is further indication of Labour’s commitment to the corporate rather than the welfare state. See... Eco-Economy: There Is A Better Way

BUDGET 2003: Now You See It Now You Don't - If last year’s budget was boring, this years is practically invisible. Sure, it’s more than a foot thick, but nothing much to get your teeth into. Newspaper headline writers are thus going to have a hard time tomorrow. See... Sludge Report #150 - Budget! What Budget?


Parliamentary Reaction:

- Newsletter -
National Party - No Growth Budget 2003
- Bill English - Lights dim on Labour in 'do nothing' budget
- Simon Power - Govt breaks credit card promise on student fees
- Tony Ryall – Fifty new police will make no difference
- Lynda Scott - No funding boost to health in Budget
- Don Brash - No growth Budget squanders opportunities

- Rod Donald - No confidence in a budget that steals our future
- Tariana Turia & Sue Bradford - Community Internship programme extended

- Winston Peters - Immigration Econ Bubble Will Burst Warns Peters
- Winston Peters - Budget Speech Rt Hon Winston Peters
- Brian Donnelly - NZ First Takes Credit For NCEA Budget Funding

- Marc Alexander - Alexander vows to press on with victims' rights
- Peter Dunne - Dunne celebrates concrete Budget wins
- Bernie Oglivy - Ogilvy applauds Budget NCEA funding
- Copeland - Copeland: Tax reform opportunity lost

- Rodney Hide - Do Nothing, Go Nowhere Budget
- Other ACT - ACT Spokesmen Respond to the Budget

- Matt Robson - Continuing To Advocate For No Tertiary Fee Hikes

Non Parliamentary Political Reaction:
- Christian Heritage - Budget Ignores Basic Building Block Of Family Life

Health Sector Reaction:
- Public Health Association - Budget lacks clear direction on housing and health

Education Sector Reaction:
- AUS -Little value placed on university education
- AUSA - AUSA irate at Government’s betrayal of students
- VUSA - Budget 2003 a disappointment for students
- OUSA - Fees Maxima F*#ks Students
- NZUSA - Budget signals fee rises Labour’s broken promise
- Wellington Teacher Trainee's Association - Budget will not solve crisis in teaching
- OPSA - Otago Risks Becoming a Backwater Institution
- OPSA - Budget Fails Students
- ATSA - Government risks destroying student good will
- ATSA - Meeting the needs of Mâori in tertiary education
- ATSA - Budget Must Match Tertiary Education Strategy
- Education Forum - Tertiary education price controls: just say no!

Business Sector Reaction:
- Northern EMA - Ambition for NZ's economic success lost
- Federated Farmers - Little in Budget for Farm Businesses
- PSA - Investment in public services critical
- CTU - Budget Too Cautious– CTU
- Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Could The Surplus Have Created Certainty?
- Federated Farmers - FFNZ Welcomes Budget Biosecurity Boost
- Federated Farmers - FFNZ Welcomes Government Investment in Trade
- Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce - Cullen’s Fourth Budget Deserves High Marks
- Business Roundtable - . Budget Growth Forecasts Ring Alarm Bells
- Business NZ - Steady As It Slows Doesn't Close the Gap
- Auckland Chamber of Commerce -Successful Business – Successful New Zealand
- Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Shifting Sme Costs ….

Other Reaction
- SPARC - Budget Boost for Sport and Recreation


Leaders Statements
- Prime Minister -
Prime Minister: Budget builds capacity for growth
- Finance Minister Statement - A careful budget for uncertain times
- Finance Minister Speech - Michael Cullen’s Budget Speech
- Progressive Leader Jim Anderton - Budget 2003- More progress - Jim Anderton Speech

- BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Highlights & Key Points
- BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Environment & Culture
- BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Education
- BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Keeping NZ Safe
- BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Growth and Innovation
- BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Opportunity & Security

- Funding to strengthen state sector
- Budget makes big strides in superannuation
- SOEs in the “not for sale” era
- Boost for trade resources in the Budget
- New funding for transport initiatives

- Budget delivers extra $715 million for education
- Ensuring access to tertiary education
- Supporting the development of an innovative nation
- Budget to boost literacy teaching
- Extra $78 million for education info-technology
- Extra funding for quality early childhood ed.
- Budget to lift Maori educational achievement
- Immigration initiative to target key skills

- Strong communities and strong families
- $153 million package to get people into work

- Health funding path extended

- Extra $260 million for housing
- Third sector and local govt housing encouraged
- Big boost for tenancy services
- More, bigger state houses
- Modernising state houses
- More community houses

Law, Order & Security
- Funding for police meth lab cleanup teams
- Budget boosts Urban Search and Rescue teams
- More police, mobile DNA facility for Auckland
- Security boosted to manage immigration impacts
- Significant boost to New Zealand's border security
- Boost for biosecurity resources in budget

Growth And Innovation Framework
- Whole-of-government approach to Economic Dev.
- More support for business incubators
- Budget support for industry taskforce work
- Trade major economic development priority
- Tailored advice for SME businesses
- Government delivering big push for small business
- Accelerating growth from publicly funded R&D
- Investing in knowledge

Art, Culture And Sport
- $40m broadcasting package boosts local programming
- Budget 2003 - Sport and recreation funding
- Extra $40 million to boost Statistics
- $1 million extra for iwi radio
- Review of Statistics NZ

Other Stuff - Maori, Local Govt
- Public information campaign on the Treaty
- Treaty of Waitangi settlements momentum
- Money for water work


- Richard Prebble - Tomorrow's The Day for Tax Cuts
- Don Brash - Don Brash Writes - No. 8, 14 May 2003
- ACT - Budget Must Not Skimp On Biosecurity
- ACT - Richard Prebble’s The Letter
- National - New Zealand can - and must - do better
- Brash’s Speech - Don Brash Address to the Auckland Rotary Club


BUDGET 2003: Aid Fund Gets $20 mil Top-Up - New Zealand’s international aid budget will be boosted by $20 million, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today See... Budget 2003: $20 million extra for poor countries

BUDGET 2003: Burton Wants More Yanks In NZ - Minister of Tourism Mark Burton today announced budget funding of $15 million over three years, aimed at increasing New Zealand’s market share in the United States among our ideal visitors—high-value, interactive travellers. See... Budget 2003: Tourism campaign targets US traveller

BUDGET 2003: America's Cup Bid Runneth Over - America’s Cup Minister Trevor Mallard confirmed today there would be a reference to a possible trade and tourism investment by the government in Team New Zealand in next week’s budget. See... Team New Zealand funding
- Greens - $30 million? Say it ain't so!
- Nats - 'Please Explain' Over Cup Funding

BUDGET 2003: Cullen Speaks Of No Surprises in Budget - In a week’s time I will be presenting my fourth Budget. Once again, there will be no great surprises. Government Budgets are important milestones in the annual calendar of any economy. It is precisely because they are important that they should not be See... Cullen Speech: Canterbury Manufacturers’ Assn

BUDGET 2003: Pacific Peoples Business Initiative Boost - Pacific peoples are to get more help starting or developing their own businesses with an extra $1.504 million over the next four years, Acting Pacific Island Affairs Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... Budget 2003 Pacific Business Boost

BUDGET 2003: A Long Night On The Booze In The House - The Labour Progressive Coalition Government is increasing the excise duty charged on some alcoholic beverages in order to promote safer communities by discouraging underage teenagers and children from misusing alcohol. See... Coalition Curbs Child Drinking and Bill bursts bubble for unscrupulous booze barons
- ACT - Michael's Midnight Madness
- NZ First - Government Lacks Bottle In Dealing With Teenagers
- ALAC - ALAC Welcomes Government’ Move to Reduce Harm
- LIBZ - Abolish Sin Taxes - Enjoy A Drink Instead!

BUDGET 2003: Why RNZ Gets More Loot - Budget 2003: Radio New Zealand is to receive new funding worth $14.58m over four years to to set up a nationwide FM service and meet the rising costs of its core services, Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... National Radio gets $14.5m boost
- Maharey Speech - Maharey Speech: Supporting public service radio

BUDGET 2003: Youthline’s In The Money - Youth line will get $400,000 over four years in Budget 2003 in recognition of their important role in helping young people in their time of need, says Progressive Leader and Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton, who chairs the Government's Ministerial ... See... Budget: Youthline supported to help young people

BUDGET 2003: More Money For National Radio - Budget 2003: Radio New Zealand is to receive new funding worth $14.58m over four years to to set up a nationwide FM service and meet the rising costs of its core services, Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... National Radio gets $14.5m boost and Maharey Speech: Supporting public service radio
- LIBZ - State Radio Gets More Loot to Promote the State

BUDGET 2003: Best Practice Teaching Programme Gets Boost - The Government is to fund a work programme to develop and support effective and best practice teaching that caters for students of all backgrounds, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Budget 2003: Best teaching practices to develop

Preview To Budget 2003 - The 15 May Budget will help support the government’s aim of building and maintaining solid levels of economic growth through innovation. See... 9th of May - Smart growth through new ideas

BUDGET 2003: H&S Research Amendments Enacted - Amendments to the Health and Safety in Employment Act that come into force today encourage employers and employees to work together to create safe, healthy and more productive workplaces. See... Budget 2003: Health and safety research

BUDGET 2003: Free Health Care For Old And Young A Step Closer - Progressive ambitions for universal free health care for under 18s and people over 65 are closer today with the Labour Progressive Government announcement of nearly $20 million for Primary Health Organisations. See... Health priority takes major step forward and Budget 2003 Primary HealthCare Costs To Be Lowered

BUDGET 2003: NCEA Gets A Big Boost - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced a pre-budget package of initiatives totalling nearly $78 million in new spending over four years to support the NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) and the administration of other qualifications. See... Budget 2003: NCEA, NZQA receives injection


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