Before becoming Prime Minister, a politician sent leaflets to households in the Mount Albert electorate then being contested. The leaflets pledged first “that human values are more important than material values” and “Social Security is the right of every New Zealander, young and old”.
The Government is looking at new and novel ways of financing infrastructure without breaking its strict budget responsibility rules.
8 things that mattered this week
The last week has seen the Labour-led Government confirm it is not going to deviate far from National’s fiscal policies, and will continue to fund public services at similar levels. How do we explain this insistence on fiscal conservatism in the face of clear and urgent need, and growing calls for change? Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues that the Finance Minister and his colleagues have become so immersed in pragmatic electoral calculations they’ve lost touch with the shift away from orthodox economics.
Even before it had started, Labour and the Greens' big announcement on being fiscally responsible had been a PR triumph.
In today's email, we detail the Labour-Green "Budget Responsibility Rules", check out the latest poll results and detail the sticking points holding back RMA reform from getting across the line.