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It's a 'get stuffed' budget: Peters

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016 Peter Wilson, Political Writer

Scathing criticism from opposition party leaders marked the opening of the budget debate in parliament.

"This is a `get stuffed' budget for anyone wanting a home or needing an operation," said NZ First's Winston Peters.

"There's a waiting list to get on a hospital waiting list - and if you're on it, the message for you is `get stuffed'."

Mr Peters said it was typical of all Finance Minister Bill English's budgets - "just spin".

Labour leader Andrew Little described it was "a hotch-potch of half-measures designed to look like a strategy".

"There's nothing in it that answers the real problems faced by New Zealanders across the country," he said.

"There's nothing that will make housing more affordable."

Mr Little said the increase in the health budget wasn't even enough for it to keep up with demand.

"More New Zealanders will end up in more pain, for much longer," he said.

By 2020 unemployment would still be higher than it was in 2008, there were 40,000 more people unemployed than there were when the government took office, and half the workforce couldn't get a pay rise, he said.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw said the government had again chosen to do as little as it could get away with.

"It's first and only commitment is to stay in power," he said.

"John Key's legacy is going to be a record number of homeless, children dying of third world diseases and our native wildlife moving closer to extinction."

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