May 11, 2022
ACT Budget stuck in mythical past
A Māori economist says ACT’s Budget response shows the party is living in a world of unicorns and fairy dust.
Leader David Seymour says the party wants to sell more public assets, and it also wants to get rid of government agencies like the Māori, Women’s Ethnic and Pacific ministries.
Brent Reihana says that harks back to ACT’s formation in the days of Rogernomics, and current Finance Minister Grant Robinson has a better sense of what’s needed to recover the economy from the Covid pandemic.
“Māori trades training, that is one of the ideas (Government) has come back with. Mana and Mahi, they’re putting $230 million into getting people back into trades training and all those sorts of things, that’s a great idea. Selling assets is not a good idea,” he says.