Foundations for the Future
Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time.
Introduction and 100-Day Plan
I am delighted to present this Coalition Governments first Budget.
Budget 2018 sets out the first steps in a plan for transformation a transformation of our economy, a transformation of our public services, and a transformation of the way we work together to improve the lives of all New Zealanders.
This is a Government that does things differently. You can expect our Budgets to look a little different also.
We are committed to being responsible not just fiscally, but socially and environmentally.
Budget 2018 lays the foundations for New Zealanders to have better lives in the decades to come.
This starts with making sure that all New Zealanders have access to the high quality public services they need and deserve such as health, education and housing.
It also means shifting the settings of our economy to face the challenges of the future lifting productivity, making a just transition to a more sustainable low carbon economy, and adapting to a rapidly changing world of work....