This budget shows that the Government’s fossil-fuel driven extractive industry based economic strategy is a slow moving train-wreck.
After proclaiming in previous years that industrial dairy, coal, and oil would be the economic salvation of the nation, they are all noticeably missing from the budget. Maybe taking a punt on the the most climate polluting industries wasn’t such a great idea after all.
The budget speech does mention climate change… once. The global crisis that threatens life as we know it. Just one solitary mention. That’s admittedly once more than in any of the previous seven budget speeches but clearly shows this Government's priorities are wrong.
But, on the upside, Bill English did for the first time give us a clear indication of the cost of subsidies given to climate... Read more >