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26 May 2016

  • This Week... The budget has balanced economics and politics to determine what should be done with projected forward surpluses. Tax cuts are still on the agenda, but will be considered when the surplus reaches $3bn or more.
  • The latest polls are still favouring National, but NZ First is in a strong position to be in the driving seat when the election comes around next year. John Key’s popularity has fallen in one of the surveys, but so has Andrew Little’s. The problem for the Govt - housing, with a majority considering there is a problem.
  • Helen Clark’s UN Secretary General campaign is gaining momentum, but there’s been a bit of sniping from the Kevin Rudd camp, with the former Aust leader using anti NZ attack dog Greg Sheridan to have a go at Clark.
  • And this week’s Economic Debate asks, “Does Innovation Foster Inequality?” Some research indicates the economic divide is widened by new high tech goods which are aimed at rich consumers.

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