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Bouquets and brickbats for Joyce budget

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT STEVEN JOYCE'S FIRST BUDGET:

"The government appears to be listening to the growing voice of social need." - the Salvation Army's Ian Hutson

"As a very basic right I'd say New Zealanders deserve a budget that doesn't actively fund the destruction of our culture and environment." - Greenpeace's Russel Norman

""There is nothing in this budget that will clean up our polluted rivers, lakes and streams, or protect our drinking water." - Green Party co-leader James Shaw

"Steven Joyce's first budget is a predictable election year bribe that will do as little for low-income families as it will for public services." - the PSA's Glenn Barclay

"The 2017 Budget does a good job of addressing Government priorities of maintaining surpluses, reducing debt and funding infrastructure and services, but fails to meaningfully improve tax settings." - Business NZ chief executive Kirk Hope

"Today's budget, the ninth this government has prepared, does not make our country a more equal society." Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff

"Our government isn't listening to the concerns of New Zealanders, and doesn't care about mental health or our out of control suicide rate." - People's Mental Health Review's Kyle MacDonald

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