Budget speeches

Closing paragraphs of the party leaders’ budget speeches.

David Cunliffe:

This is a “fudge it Budget”, a Budget of low expectations, easy cynicism, and cosmetic change. Gone are Mr Key’s days of apparently being ambitious for New Zealand, because the rock star economy is apparently for somebody else, not for you. Gone are the days of a brighter future.

Now Mr Key spends his time talking New Zealand down; reducing unemployment to 4 percent is a dream. He says that there is nothing that can be done. Ambition, belief in New Zealanders, has given way to snide remarks and political cynicism. That is politics as usual.

Labour will build a nation in which every New Zealander has a secure job, in which owning a home is not a fading dream, and in which we can raise our children in our own country, realistically hope that our grandchildren will live here too, and that we can grow old with them, not Skype them.

We will build a nation in which every New Zealander, including the 285,000 children growing up in poverty, can share in that dream too. Labour trusts Kiwis to build this nation together, and we know that a Government that backs them can do it together.

Today, John Key and his Government have showed once again that they do not have what it takes to make New Zealand the place that all New Zealanders deserve. This Budget proves—and you can tell by the way they are hanging their heads, team—that it is time for them to go.

John Key:

This Government is going to keep talking about the issues that matter. This Government is going to say to New Zealanders that there is a way forward that is progressive and positive. It is about a future where we back New Zealanders to succeed.

We back this country to go well. We back this country to be able to sell more to the world than we buy from the world. We are not threatened by being a multicultural society. We welcome foreign investment.

There was a time when Labour used to welcome migrants. Now they stand on a farm with a New Zealand flag.

This is a Government that is focused on a New Zealand that is winning on the world stage. That is why we are becoming wealthier. That is why so many people want to come and live here.

If David Cunliffe wants to keep talking, as the Opposition does, about trivia and muckraking, we will keep talking about the economy, law and order, health, and education.

We are a very lucky Government to have Bill English delivering six magnificent Budgets. It does not say it all today. We are in surplus; Australia is $50 billion in debt. More people want to live here than ever want to go and live in Australia. This is a Government that is getting it right on behalf of New Zealanders.

Russel Norman:

The Greens are committed to changing the old way of doing things in order to build a smarter, fairer, cleaner world for all of us.

This election is our opportunity to embark on that journey, to take the destiny of our country out of the hands of the exclusive Cabinet club and put it into the hands of all New Zealanders.

It is the journey we must take to ensure that our kids can stay here and work rather than moving overseas to get the good jobs that they want.

It is our journey towards an inclusive green economy where women and men are paid fairly and earn enough to lead good lives and offer the opportunity of great futures to their children.

It is the journey that will see our rivers and lakes sparkling once more. It is the journey that will ensure that our forest parks echo with the haunting calls of the kōkako rather than the deafening din of mining rigs. It is the journey towards a stable climate and a prosperous planet for us and our children.

Together we can build an inclusive, green economy for all of us. At this year’s election let us end the exclusive Cabinet club, let us put an end to the exclusive Cabinet club economy and the exclusive Cabinet club Budget, and let us build a smarter, greener economy for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Winston Peters:

New Zealand First believes we must train, skill, educate, and employ our own people first. There is no excuse for the hiring of cheap labour from overseas when so many of our unemployed are on the scrap heap back here.

On the issue of foreigners speculating on housing for New Zealanders, we have got the courage to say it and to stop it. New Zealand suffers economically from not having a practical plan for its people, and blind ideology is not a substitute.

In the quiet of them having been sublimated by sound argument, I want to close by saying that the current economic vision is simply the Auckland housing bubble, increased immigration creating consumer demand, the staggered, retarded Christchurch rebuild, and milk powder to China. We cannot survive without a much more diversified economy.

Very soon there will be an election, and I want to tell everyone watching this debate today that no matter how difficult and tiring and troubling things have been, no matter what amount of sacrifices you have had to make, just hang on a bit longer. Just hang on for another 2 months, because soon help is on its way in the form of New Zealand First.

Te Ururoa Flavell:

In keeping with the theme of being real, there are still huge areas to focus on. The Māori Party has long advocated for a living wage to lift the minimum income of families.

We are proud we were able to negotiate $5 million for te mana o te wai, but there are still many other areas of care for our environment that we want to invest in.

We have placed enormous priority on cadetships and trade training, and are pleased that this Budget adds another $20 million to establish 6,000 apprenticeships, but we still need ongoing investment to address the longstanding employment disparities between Māori, Pasifika, and other New Zealanders.

And of course there are a huge raft of issues that we in the Māori Party call social hazards, and we would like to see more focus on alcohol reform, addiction treatment, and gambling prevention. In the end, these are positive initiatives that the Māori Party is seeing in Budget 2014. We look forward to building on this into the future.

Hone Harawira:

On Budget day 2014, the only places where Māori continue to soar are in unemployment, low wages, homelessness, hospitalisations, educational underachievement, inequality, child poverty, and prison numbers.

If a Budget is about how we set our priorities and outline the financial strategy to achieve those priorities, then we must be strong enough to identify the important ones, courageous enough to allocate the money needed to achieve them, and then unwavering in our determination to realise them.

Those priorities define what kind of a society it is that we want, and the resources we dedicate to them in a Budget are an expression of our commitment to achieving them.

For Mana , those priorities are simple because they speak of a society we would want to leave for the next generation: a commitment to feeding the kids, building homes for every family providing jobs for everyone, and paying for it all by taxing those who can afford to pay for it.

We have the means and we have the capability, all we need is the political will. That political will can only come when enough people in this country—Māori, Pākehā , Pasifika, tauiwi , all those in genuine need in Aotearoa—are determined enough to want to change the Government, strong enough to demand that we change the priorities, and committed enough to the view that we must always put people before profits. Tēnā koe, Mr Assistant Speaker. Kia ora tātou katoa.

John Banks:

This is a land of opportunity. This has always been a land of opportunity. I first came here 45 years ago, as a 13-year-old. I came and visited this Parliament as a 13-year-old, and the Hon Allan McCready sat me in a seat up the back here and told me: “One day, John, if you’re good to your mum and you work hard, you too could be a member of Parliament. You too could be a member of Parliament.”

The day I was elected to this Parliament, I sat in that same seat. That was 33 years ago. Anyone can achieve anything they like in this country, and that is the mantra that we want to respect for New Zealand.

The young people of this country give me hope. The farmers, the nurses, the police officers, and the entrepreneurs are as motivated and committed today as they were when I came here in 1981.

This is a country of goodness, a country of hope, and a country of opportunity, where even the son of a burglar can become the Minister of Police. This is a country of much opportunity. Despite all our challenges, we still live in the golden times of opportunity.

Unconditional love from the home and a world-class education is what we need. Unconditional love in the home and a world-class education in the classroom is the key to success. The ACT Party believes in this. This is a Budget of opportunity. The Budget continues to give us much hope and this country much opportunity.

Peter Dunne:

What today’s Budget returning to surplus is all about is demonstrating in an ongoing way this country’s capacity to now earn its income and to pay its way. That then in turn creates the leeway to give opportunity for some of our dreams to be implemented.

The contest of ideas in the future will not be around this degree of pessimism versus that degree of pessimism. It will be about optimism and hope for the future.

The pathway and the platform that the Minister has laid in this Budget means we can constructively and positively look to the best options for our families in terms of New Zealand moving forward.

United Future will campaign this election on the points that I have outlined in this address this afternoon. We look forward to engaging with the public of New Zealand and with other political parties around those ideas, and we look forward to being in a position to advance them when this Parliament reconvenes, given the platform laid in this very laudable Budget this afternoon.

Hansard draft transcripts – Debate – party leader speeches

In The House video:

Budget Statement Part 1 – Bill English

Budget Statement Part 2 – Bill English

Budget Debate Part 1 – David Cunliffe

Budget Debate Part 2 – John Key

Budget Debate Part 3 – Russel Norman

Not yet available

Budget Debate Part 4 – Winston Peters

Budget Debate Part 5 – Te Ururoa Flavell

Budget Debate Part 6 – Hone Harawira

Budget Debate Part 7 – John Banks

Budget Debate Part 8 – Peter Dunne

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