Former MP Peter Dunne unravels why our prison muster has grown almost three times faster than our population since 1990, despite a flat to falling crime rate. He fears coalition politics will prevent a solution.
In this morning's email we discussed the unexpected items in the Budget area discovered by the incoming Government.
Officials have briefed new Finance Minister Grant Robertson about a number of unexpected "budget challenges" left over from the previous Government that could force Labour to rejig its plans longer term, or even change some policies.
Since he was elected in 2008, the Prime Minister has told his advisers and the public to 'talk to the hand' on the issue of reforming New Zealand Superannuation to make the Government's finances sustainable in the long term.