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  • The Budget in black and white

    In three days’ time Bill English’s tie will make the news. In three days' time it's Budget Day. In media circles the Finance Minister’s tie traditionally plays a bellwether role, its colour and pattern seen as an indicator of what the Budget will contain.

    That being the case then this year’s should be black and white because anything in between won’t cut it. There’s some really important issues the Government’s 8th Budget needs to address.  


    Andrew Little's pre-Budget speech 2016

    Thanks so much for coming along today, and for giving up some of your weekend.

    Today, I want to talk about the type of Budget that New Zealand needs to see this coming Thursday.


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    Labour's Working Futures Plan

    Labour’s Working Futures Plan will provide three years of free post-school education across a person’s life so New Zealanders can thrive in the 21st century economy.

    The nature of work is changing constantly. To compete into the future and seize opportunities as they arise we need one of the best educated workforces in the world.

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Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English

· May 24, 2016

John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“In Parliament today Bill English fudged his answer to my question on whether the Prime Minister had told him he was going to put tax cuts back on the table for 2017, just a couple of days after he had ruled them out.

Budget building materials policy backfires

· May 24, 2016

On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the past two years tracking the 57 building products Nick Smith used for his claim National would make building a house $3500 cheaper.

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