National has denied it misled voters before last year's
election, when it vowed not to introduce any new taxes, by
announcing two new taxes in this week's Budget.
National needed a good Budget. It got one. The Budget was a
rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal
politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime
Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Split Enz, roosters on heat and Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons
all featured in the debate on the Budget in Parliament, but
the most unusual feature of it was the topsy-turvy role
Finance Minister Bill English pulled off a masterstroke in
Builders are already fretting about responding to Government
plans for up to 10,000 affordable new residences on 500ha of
the Auckland Crown landbank.
In his seventh Budget Finance Minister Bill English keeps a
tight fist around the reins of government spending.
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