Sep 13 • 13M

National still working on fiscal plan

Willis says final fiscal plan will be ready 'within a couple of weeks'; National still committed to tax cuts and rejects criticism of foreign buyers' tax; Says won't plan population growth; Eyes PPPs

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Nicola Willis is questioned by Bernard at yesterday’s standup. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The Kākā

TL;DR: National Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis has signalled a National Government would produce a lower debt track than Labour, but has yet to say what it is forecasting or how it would pay for infrastructure investment necessary for ongoing population growth of 2%.

Willis told reporters in a standup yesterday after a speech to a KangaNews conference for bond investors and traders in Auckland that a fiscal plan would be due within a couple of weeks.

Have a listen to my questions and Willis’ answers above from that news conference. The transcript is above too. I have opened this up for all, given Willis may be the Finance Minister within 31 days.


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