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Budget 2017


Single Child Tax hidden in Budget


Buried in National’s so-called family Budget is a Single Child Tax that will hit medium to low income families, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

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Nats’ Budget locks in housing crisis


National’s ninth Budget forecasts house prices will rise at three times the rate of wages, locking in the housing crisis for years to come, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“After nine years, all National can offer is a continuation of the housing crisis. Budget forecasts show an 18 per cent rise in the average house price by 2019, with just a six per cent increase in wages. Where house prices go, rents will follow.

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Kids bear the brunt of Budget


Future generations are the ones bearing the brunt of National’s failure to provide education services the funding they need to make ends meet, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“For nine years in a row the Government has told our schools, early childhood services and tertiary education providers to do more with less. The whole education system is creaking under the strain and it’s young New Zealanders who suffer.

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The real costs of National’s election bribe


The cost of National’s poorly-targeted election year budget bribe is that there’s nothing to fix the housing crisis, health funding is cut, and funding for schools is cut, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“As the dust begins to settle on the Government’s massive PR exercise, it’s becoming clearer than ever that National has no plan for New Zealand’s future.

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Health running on empty


Get ready for more cuts to health at a local level, affecting all New Zealanders, after a Budget that failed to deliver even enough for health services to stand still, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

“District Health Boards this year needed at least $650 million to stand still but they are over $200 million short of what they need.

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Nats’ budget a double-crewed ambulance parked at the bottom of the cliff


National’s election year Budget shows that there’s no coincidence Finance Minister Steven Joyce doubles as National’s campaign manager, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“The 2017 Budget reveals a lack of vision, and is simply an election year budget with an eye for September 23, not the 21st Century.

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After nine years, it’s the One Dollar Bill Budget


National’s Budget 2017 is an irresponsible election bribe which after nine years exposes a government that’s run out of energy and ideas to tackle the big issues facing New Zealand,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“This is simply cynical electioneering that does nothing to address the shortfalls in health, housing and education, and in fact makes them worse.

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FACT CHECK: National's pre-Budget email


Yesterday, in advance of today’s Budget, Bill English sent out an email to his supporters outlining his government’s 'achievements'. We thought we’d take a closer look at his claims...

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Grant Robertson: Speech to Otago-Southland Employers Association


Thanks to the Otago Southland Employers Association and Virginia for hosting me this evening.  It is always a pleasure to come back to the city and region that shaped who I am as a person.

I believe that growing up in Dunedin I got to experience New Zealand at its best.  I am not saying that everything was perfect.  The 1980s were actually tough going for a lot of people in our community.  I can still remember the day that the Burnside Freezing Works Abbatoir closed.  The next day at school there were kids talking about how their Dad was out of a job and did not know if there was another job around.

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Grant Robertson interviews Tute Porter-Samuels


Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson sat down with Tute Porter-Samuels, Deputy Principal at Wainuiomata Primary School, to discuss the challenges facing education in New Zealand and what should be included in this week’s budget to help relieve the pressure – smaller class sizes, more support staff and better funding for special needs education are top of her list…

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Andrew Little: Pre-Budget Speech 2017


Good morning everyone, and thank you Grant for your introduction.

I want to acknowledge the Chamber’s President Peter Cullen, and your CEO John Milford.

It’s great to be with you all this morning to present Labour’s vision for our economy; our commitment to shared prosperity; our determination to creating opportunities for all New Zealanders.

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National’s answer to the housing crisis: One new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders


National’s fudge of a housing plan will make Auckland even more of a speculators’ paradise, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Another crisis, another half-baked National plan


The National Party may have finally woken up to the teacher supply crisis facing our schools but their latest half-baked, rushed announcement falls well short of the mark in terms of what’s required, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Breaking news - National admits there's a housing crisis


National finally admits there’s a housing crisis, but today’s belated announcement is simply not a credible response to the problem it’s been in denial about for so long, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“National can’t now credibly claim to be tackling the housing crisis four months out from the election when, for nine years, they’ve ignored the plight of first home buyers and families in need.

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DHBs’ big budget blowout


New Zealand’s District Health Boards are now facing a budget deficit of nearly $90 million dollars, a significant blowout on what was forecast, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

“Labour believes health funding must grow to avoid further cuts to the sector. Instead, this visionless Government seems content to allow death by a 1000 ‘service reductions’ with stretched DHB funding putting further stress on an already stretched health workforce.

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Where there's smoke and mirrors, there's Steven Joyce


Steven Joyce’s much vaunted pre-Budget speech is simply an underwhelming response to the infrastructure deficit National has created, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Steven Joyce has belatedly come to the realisation that everyone else has a long time ago, that this country needs an urgent and enormous catch-up from nine years of under investment by this government.

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