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More money for management than students

The Government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on managing the tertiary education reforms rather than targeting that funding where it’s needed most, at students, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson...


Put the petrol tax hike on hold along with light rail

National is calling on the Government to defer the 4c hike to petrol excise duty and road user charges scheduled for July 1 while its light rail project is on...


Where’s the detail, Grant?

Budget 2020 featured eye-wateringly large spending announcements but precious little detail on what is actually being bought with our money, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The approach of this...


Big announcements are easy but delivery counts

The Government announced the biggest spend up in Budget history this week but there’s no clear plan and they lack the competence to deliver it, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith...


No plan to get New Zealand working again

Thursday’s budget announcements show no innovation in getting New Zealanders back to work, National’s Social Development Spokesperson Louise Upston says. “The Government has thrown $400 million of borrowed money at...


Health system going nowhere in Budget 2020

Despite the increased pressure it will be under in the wake of Covid-19 the Government has failed to provide meaningful improvement to the health system in Budget 2020, National’s Health...


$20 billion set aside for campaign bribes

The Government’s Budget released yesterday has $20 billion set aside for campaign bribes, National’s Campaign Chair Paula Bennett says. “The country is seeing an extra $140 billion of debt. That...


Tourism marketing campaign not enough to save jobs

Budget funding for New Zealand’s battered tourism industry is welcome but it’s nowhere near enough and the Government still lacks a clear plan to save jobs, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd...


Leader of the Opposition’s Budget 2020 speech

Mr Speaker, nothing in recent history has brought about such global disruption as the Covid-19 pandemic. Kiwis have sacrificed much through the restrictions of lockdown and we can all be...


No plan for education to be at the heart of rebuild

Today’s Budget shows the Government is more focused on handing out cash than making sure all New Zealanders have the skills to compete in our workforce, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki...