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Employment Protection Insurance — The BFD

Okay. Let’s take a look at the proposed Employment Protection Insurance, dangled like a carrot at middle New Zealand by the benevolent Grant Robertson while reading the 2021 Budget. On the face of it, such a scheme would have a couple of major benefits. The first is that those who lose their jobs would get…

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Why House Prices Will Keep Rising — The BFD

Grant Robertson has written a letter telling the Reserve Bank that the government is unhappy about the cost of housing, and to find a way that the Reserve Bank can assist the government to relieve the situation for potential homebuyers. Adrian Orr is not someone who likes criticism. The Minister of Finance has not overstepped…

via Why House Prices Will Keep Rising — The BFD

Bridges claims ‘deceit and dirty politics’ – but who did the dirty? — Your NZ

Simon Bridges and National continue to go hard out on the leak of budget information two days before Budget day. But who is playing dirty here? RNZ Week in politics: National set the trap and Robertson walked into it National used the information it found on Treasury’s website to set a trap – and it […]

via Bridges claims ‘deceit and dirty politics’ – but who did the dirty? — Your NZ

Digital services tax proposals to target multinationals — Your NZ

The avoidance of paying tax by multinational companies is well known, but an effective solution is difficult to come up with. The Government has proposed two options. Ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today proposed two broad options to ensure offshore digital companies no […]

via Digital services tax proposals to target multinationals — Your NZ

A classic welfare-spending, rail-worshipping, Michael Cullen-style budget. — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Our team has just returned from the Beehive, where we attended the media and analysts’ lock-up event for the government’s new “Wellbeing Budget”. This year’s Budget was accompanied by some level of turmoil, with leaks, alleged hacks, and a (very brief) police investigation all entering the headlines throughout the week. We’ve had two and a…

via A classic welfare-spending, rail-worshipping, Michael Cullen-style budget. — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

My guess as to what happened — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Treasury has referred the apparent leaking of Budget information to police, saying it has sufficient evidence to indicate that its systems have been deliberately and systematically hacked.But National leader Simon Bridges has hit back very hard, saying National had acted “entirely appropriately” and that Finance Minister Grant Robertson was attempting to smear him to cover up…

via My guess as to what happened — Kiwiblog

Treasury refer claimed hacking to police following budget leak — Your NZ

The budget leak publicised by National yesterday has got a lot murkier, with Treasury now saying they have been hacked. The matter has been referred to the police, but Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges is unrepentant for trying to hijack Thursday’s budget announcement. Let’s just remember that what the Nats have released so far […]

via Treasury refer claimed hacking to police following budget leak — Your NZ

National – “Robertson concedes defeat on budget rules” — Your NZ

National’s finance spokesperson Amy Adams has responded to Minister of Finance Grant Robertson’s announcement yesterday that the Government core debt target would change to a range (see Grant Robertson: shift from net debt 20% target to 15-25% range). Robertson concedes defeat on budget rules Finance Minister Grant Robertson has today thrown in the towel by scrapping […]

via National – “Robertson concedes defeat on budget rules” — Your NZ

Robertson ‘surprised’ by reaction to CGT capitulation – yeah, right — Your NZ

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has belatedly tried to defend the decision of Cabinet to drop any plans for a Capital Gains Tax, and the decision of Jacinda Ardern to rule out trying to bring in a CGT at any time under her leadership. A CGT had been a prominent Labour Party policy, and was […]

via Robertson ‘surprised’ by reaction to CGT capitulation – yeah, right — Your NZ

From one trougher to another — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Employment minister Willie Jackson knows how to keep his own snout fully submerged in the public trough because he’s been doing it for long enough. But endorsing another trougher goes beyond the pale. It emerged recently that Finance Minister Grant Robertson quietly retained the services of Sir Michael Cullen after the Tax Working Group had…

via From one trougher to another — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Helen Clark should be paid $1000 a day to cover for Ardern — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Well why not? Sir Michael Cullen is getting paid $1062/day to do Grant Robertson’s job of Minister of Finance because Robertson is incompetent. Getting an experienced contractor in to cover for Ardern would be a logical extension, suggests Mike Hosking in a recent column. He is allowed to say things like this because he has,…

via Helen Clark should be paid $1000 a day to cover for Ardern — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Grant Robertson explains how his ‘wellbeing’ budget will work — Your NZ

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was interviewed on Q+A last night on how ‘wellbeing’ will be woven into next year’s budget. Wellbing in the budget is described as ‘a new way of delivering public policy and measuring economic success, and now in a world first GDP won’t be the only indicator of our prosperity. Happiness […]

via Grant Robertson explains how his ‘wellbeing’ budget will work — Your NZ

Robertson signals 2019 ‘Wellbeing Budget’ — Your NZ

In his speech to the Labour Party conference this weekend Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has pre-labelled his next year budget as a ‘Wellbeing Budget’. Budget 2018 was called Foundations for the Future, and I am proud of what we are building. But, there is more to do. More to do to build an economy […]

via Robertson signals 2019 ‘Wellbeing Budget’ — Your NZ

Release of Curran emails in bungled Handley appointment deferred to OIA — Your NZ

On Tuesday the Speaker told Chris Hipkins to front up in Parliament with Clare Curran emails on Wednesday, but Hipkins himself failed to front up (he has gone on parental leave). Instead Grant Robertson advised that emails would only be released under the official Information Act. This means the emails will be delayed and subject […]

via Release of Curran emails in bungled Handley appointment deferred to OIA — Your NZ

Q+A: Grant Robertson on business confidence — Your NZ

 

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was interviewed about business confidence. “I don’t believe low business confidence is affecting economic growth. NZ will meet growth forecasts”. Committed to current debt target, not expecting to go over it. Even if Govt did go into more debt, NZ would be in good shape. Doesn’t agree with Shane Jones’ […]

via Q+A: Grant Robertson on business confidence — Your NZ

Face of the day — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Today’s face of the day Chris Hipkins called National leader Simon Bridges a “chauvinistic pig” during Question time yesterday. He didn’t like Bridges suggesting that Grant Robertson (who he has referred to as the “the ventriloquist”) was supplying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the answers. The post Face of the day appeared first on…

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Waikeria ‘mega prison’ won’t be built but Government remains vague — Your NZ

Decisions on what to do about an escalating New Zealand prison population are still pending, but the government has revealed it has ruled out building a 2.500 bed prison expansion at Waikeria. other options are being considered. Limited measures were announced in the Budget. Grant Robertson: Our goal is to stop the spiralling prison population […]

via Waikeria ‘mega prison’ won’t be built but Government remains vague — Your NZ

Budget response: Maori are angry too — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Maori aren’t happy with Grant Robertson’s first budget: Quote: The Māori Party says it is a “kick in the guts” that Whānau Ora has been overlooked in today’s Budget. “That goes against the promise that Labour made to voters last year to put $20 million into Whānau Ora over four years,” Māori Party president Che…

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Super Fund proposal to build and operate Auckland light rail — Your NZ

The Government has revealed an ‘unsolicited proposal’ from the New Zealand Super Fund to design, build and operate two light rail projects in Auckland. Grant Robertson and Phil Twyford: Auckland light rail a step closer A modern, rapid transit light rail network to transform Auckland is a step closer with Cabinet agreeing to launch a […]

via Super Fund proposal to build and operate Auckland light rail — Your NZ

Relax Winston won’t be in charge, Grant will be — Kiwiblog

Jo Moir writes: Picture a world not too dissimilar to this one where Winston Peters is the prime minister. In about seven weeks’ time, providing the prime minister’s baby arrives on its due date and Jacinda Ardern is able to work right up to it as she plans, then that will be the beginning of…

via Relax Winston won’t be in charge, Grant will be — Kiwiblog

Middlemore mould, health budget hole, the budget — Your NZ

Since the new Government took over there seems to have been a reduction in stories about hard done by beneficiaries and people living rough. But there has been a lot of lobbying going on before new Minister of Finance Grant Robertson’s first budget – nurses want more money, so do teachers, and health is always […]

via Middlemore mould, health budget hole, the budget — Your NZ

Robbo goes full Muldoon and threatens landlords — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Grant Robertson has gone full Muldoon, threatening landlords and promising to name and shame them over rent increases. Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson says he will make an example of any landlords found to be illegally raising their rents to exploit students. From 1 January, the cap on student allowance and living cost loans rose by…

via Robbo goes full Muldoon and threatens landlords — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Tax Working Group members announced — Your NZ

From the Beehive: Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the members being appointed to the Government’s Tax Working Group. “The Tax Working Group has been established to look at the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The wide range of expertise and experience among the membership means […]

via Tax Working Group members announced — Your NZ

Labour’s child poverty numbers don’t add up, and a little girl waits — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

So exactly how many more children are lifted out of poverty versus the 50,000 in National’s package? Grant Robertson told the media 38,000 more – officials say 12,000 in the Disclosure statement. 12,000 is ok but it’s not 38,000 pic.twitter.com/OllD12HxZr — Steven Joyce (@stevenljoyce) December 14, 2017 Steve Joyce raises a very good point about…

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Cronywatch: Cullen to lead Tax Working Group — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Michael Cullen, famous for spending the thick end of a billion dollars buying back Kiwirail from Toll Holdings, and a gloating comment that “we won, you lost, eat that”, has been appointed as the head of Labor’s tax working group. Sir Michael Cullen will head the government’s tax working group. Finance Minister Grant Robertson unveiled…

via Cronywatch: Cullen to lead Tax Working Group — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Minister of Finance refuses to commit to campaign promises — Your NZ

In the first Question Time (Oral Questions) in the new Parliament the Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was asked repeatedly whether he would stand by his fiscal statement made prior to the election. Robertson repeatedly refused. Crown Expenses—Fiscal Plan 3. Hon STEVEN JOYCE (National) to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm it is his intention as Minister of Finance […]

via Minister of Finance refuses to commit to campaign promises — Your NZ

A finance minister that just makes numbers up. Nooooo problem — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Grant is going to have to learn to stick to waffling like his leader or actually swot up on the numbers before spewing forth demonstrable lies. He claimed during a Q+A interview that the minimum wage went up by a dollar a year when Labour was last in government. The adult hourly minimum wage history…

via A finance minister that just makes numbers up. Nooooo problem — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Robertson versus English — Your NZ

Following a succession of attacks on Bill English in Question Time yesterday Grant Robertson had a go in the General Debate. This may sum up Labour’s reaction to the Todd Barclay saga. GRANT ROBERTSON (Labour—Wellington Central): For the last 18 months, the current Prime Minister of New Zealand has been at the centre of a […]

via Robertson versus English — Your NZ

Grant Robertson on the budget

Labour’s finance spokesperson Grant Robertson keeps his criticism up of Thursday’s budget. I guess he couldn’t praise it, but if he disses it too much he risks being seen as too negative. He has promoted this Radio NZ interview: Poorly targeted and unfair tax cuts. My intreview from Morning Report today. #budget #changethegovt https://t.co/pya1NrORmg %5B…%5D

via Grant Robertson on the budget — Your NZ

Labour suffer an IQ deficit. A memory deficit. And an integrity deficit.

 

If Labour’s Grant Robertson is the next Finance Minister he will ditch the new ambitious net debt target set by Steven Joyce as part of the 2017 Budget or the current target. The current target of reducing net debt to 20 per cent of gdp by 2020 will be replaced by getting it down to…

via Labour suffer an IQ deficit. A memory deficit. And an integrity deficit. — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media