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Bill English grilled in parliament

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017
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Opposition MP have used parliament's question time to grill Prime Minister Bill English over the government's policy to increase the pension age to 67 in 2040.

NZ First leader Winston Peters led the charge, accusing successive National governments of breaking their word on national superannuation eight times.

"Why should anyone trust them now?" he asked.

Mr English said the policy was clearly stated and would be tested at the September 23 general election.

"Give people an opportunity to make up their own minds," he told Mr Peters.

"The policy protects everyone over the age of 45."

Labour leader Andrew Little and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei also questioned Mr English, and he fended them off by saying that economic growth had given the government "the best opportunity in decades to make positive choices".

Mr Little accused him of "kicking the superannuation can down the road for 20 years".

Mr English said if Mr Little meant he wanted to raise the age to 67 now, he would be interested to hear from him.

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