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Budget 2016 - what they say

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016


* "The books are in good shape" - Finance Minister Bill English

* "The man is a maestro" - PM John Key on English's eight budget

* "This is not a budget for the future. We need a government that will stop running the economy like a school gala day" - Labour leader Andrew Little

* "When New Zealanders needed homes, the government has given us toilets. This government is the political equivalent of Milli Vanilli, lip-synching when they should be leading" Greens co-leader James Shaw

* "The economy is clearly in a good place, but we are already seeing the strain that growth is putting on our infrastructure" - PwC partner Richard Forgan

* "The Treasury's forecast of large surpluses through to the end of the decade seem unrealistically optimistic to us" - Westpac economists

* "The housing policies are band-aids" - youth lobby group Generation Zero

* "Pretty boring" - United Future's Peter Dunne

* "Where are the solutions? The aspirations? The vision?" - CTU president Richard Wagstaff

* "This is a get stuffed budget" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "The amount spent on and written off by KiwiRail amounts to $3.4 billion since this government was elected in 2008. That is enough to have paid for return flights to London for every New Zealander" - Taxpayers' Union's Jordan Williams

* "Funding for $761 million in corporate welfare via 'Innovative New Zealand' is an insult to taxpayers ... there is no public appetite for hand-outs to businesses" - Act's David Seymour

* "A strategically savvy budget which does much of the heavy lifting required to improve the underlying budget position, while still being able to address a number of key social policy issues" - accounting body CPA Australia

* "(It) will begin to turn around our world-worst bowel cancer death rates" - Bowel Cancer NZ on rollout of national screening programme

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