New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sent a mother who had a personal message on the front of her Budget booklet – after discovering she had moved to Australia.
Vicky Freeman struggled to pay rent in Auckland and moved across the Tasman to live on the Gold Coast with her nine-year-old daughter, Ruby-Jean.
An image of her with her girl on the front of the booklet & # 39; Wellbeing Budget & # 39; from New Zealand.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent a mother who had a personal message on the front of her Budget book – after she discovered she had moved to Australia
When she found that her old Getty stock image had been used to sell the budget, Freeman sent a message to Mrs. Ardern, the leader of a minority government, asking her on Instagram why her image was being used.
To her surprise, the 38-year-old Prime Minister of Labor replied.
& # 39; Simple reason really – happiness. You both looked very happy, & she said.
From her newly established in southern Queensland, Freeman replied: & # 39; We are. & # 39;
Under the second budget of New Zealand's second minister, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, Kiwi taxpayers will spend $ 26.5 billion on suicide rates, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence in the next four years.
He announced that the nation's success measures would go beyond just economic indicators.
& # 39; We rely not only on gross domestic product, but also on how we improve the well-being of our people & # 39 ;, Robertson said Thursday.
Vicky Freeman struggled to pay rent in Auckland and moved across the Tasman to live on the Gold Coast with her nine-year-old daughter, Ruby-Jean. Nevertheless, there was an image of her and Ruby on the front of the booklet & # 39; Welfare Budget & # 39;
Noting that her old Getty stock image had been used to sell the budget, Freeman sent a message to Mrs. Ardern, the leader of a minority government at Labor, who asked her on Instagram why her image was used
Australians have criticized the prospect of higher taxes and sovereign debt.
Conservative commentator Rita Panahi told Sydney broadcaster Steve Price that the large spending would damage Labor's re-election opportunities after just one term of office.
& # 39; This kind of foolishness sometimes impresses some people for a while, but eventually you find out and I think she finds out, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; It's just getting very ugly in the next election. & # 39;
Panahi also planned to let people live in social housing for a long time, regardless of their circumstances.
& # 39; If you earn a decent salary, you have other options, which should be government-subsidized housing for those who cannot take care of themselves & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Some of the things they talk about are just crazy … when you look at the material, there is often not much. & # 39;
The new budget will ensure that Ardern spends $ 26.5 billion over the next four years addressing suicide rates, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
The high spending budget has attracted worldwide attention – and has been plagued by critics for fear that this will lead to national debts and tax increases. Pictured are Greens leader James Shaw, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been criticized for her & # 39; wellness budget & # 39; and & # 39; unrealistic & # 39; goals for climate change
New Zealand conservative commentator Mike Hosking said the budget of the center-left government was a & # 39; marketing exercise that nobody fell for & # 39 ;.
Budget & # 39; hack & # 39; actually a government garden
When parts of Jacinda Ardern's budget were leaked by the opposition prior to Thursday's release, this led to cries of hacking.
In fact, the line became so bitter that the police were summoned to investigate.
Officials discovered that the & # 39; hack & # 39; in fact, it was the result of tampering by Ardern's own government, giving opposition MPs access to some parts of the budget.
IT teams had set up a budget website before the release, with all information hidden.
What they did not realize was that typing specific search terms into the website's bypassed security and some of the information showed, which the opposition subsequently published.
The police concluded that this activity was not illegal and refused to lodge charges.
& # 39; One thing I am always looking for is how much other people's money is used to support the fate of others. In other words, how many New Zealanders are tied to the state, & he wrote in the New Zealand Herald.
& # 39; Here is your truth: it is a growing and shockingly large number.
& # 39; Put as many kumbaya, flowery BS around it as you want, but the growth targets, the debt targets, the surplus numbers, the income and the income are all that counts. & # 39;
The so-called & # 39; Welfare budget & # 39; has attracted the attention of global institutions, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Mr. Grant defended the major expenses.
& # 39; We measure the success of our country differently, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We rely not only on gross domestic product, but also on how we improve the well-being of our people, protect the environment and strengthen our communities. & # 39;
Although the usual financial measures were still in place, the plan was set out on key social welfare areas that the government says should be improved on the basis of international standards and that it is expected to monitor regularly in the future, such as child poverty.
In practical terms, a record amount of $ NZ1.9 billion ($ A1.79 billion) of new spending over four years has been spent on mental health programs and suicide reduction and $ NZ1.1 billion on child welfare initiatives.
About $ NZ5.5 million has also been earmarked for Christchurch mental health services after the mosque withdrawals in the city on March 15.
Jacinda Ardern & # 39; s & # 39; Welfare Budget & # 39;
Total spending of $ 25.6 billion over four years.
Spend $ 1.9 billion over five years on mental health, including $ 455 million for psychiatric caregivers at doctor's practices.
Schools receive a payment of $ 150 per student if they get rid of voluntary donations, for an amount of $ 265.6 million in four years.
Beneficiaries receive $ 47 more per week by 2023, costing $ 320.2million over four years.
Spend nearly $ 1 billion on child welfare.
Another $ NZ50 million goes to stimulating intelligence services, which have been under fire since the attack, while $ NZ150 million has been provisionally allocated for the buy-back of weapons announced after the shootings.
But the opposition calls the budget a branding exercise with little change.
Despite the focus on well-being, ministers have still found $ NZ1 billion for investing in railways in a surprise announcement, under the banner of transforming the economy.
The defense has promised nearly $ NZ470 million in new operating expenses over four years, in addition to $ NZ1.7 billion previously announced for new aircraft.
Although expectations for New Zealand's economy have declined over the past year, it is predicted that national books will remain in black until the end of the forecast period, with a four-year expense allowance rising from NZ $ 2.4 billion in the previous budget to NZ $ 3.8 billion on Thursday.
The government had an operating surplus of $ NZ3.5 billion last year and expects it to rise to $ NZ6.1 billion by 2022/23.
But the government has warned of headwinds and GDP growth for the year to June should be 2.4 percent. It is expected to return to 3 percent in 2019/20 based on higher government spending.
While the budget was immediately praised by social agencies, economists this week told the AAP that the approach was less strict than the welfare rules that are already being applied in some European countries.
& # 39; Every government has done work in the areas of health, education and police … I think it is more focused and the rhetoric is smarter, & # 39; said the welfare of Victoria University and public policy professor Arthur Grimes.
However, a few hours before Thursday's launch, the New Zealand Treasury admitted that an error on its website allowed very sensitive budget information to be accessed by the public sooner after it was suggested that one was stolen.
The department said this week that the & # 39; intentionally and systematically hacked & # 39; was, after the center-right National Party of the country disclosed details of the upcoming national accounts of the Labor-led administration.
But on Thursday, officials revealed that a problem with a test website meant that some details from the budget could be found using a search on the Treasury website.
New Zealand conservative commentator Mike Hosking said the Labor government budget was a & # 39; marketing exercise that nobody fell for & # 39 ;. Pictured: New Zealand finance minister Grant Robertson
Hours prior to the budget launch, National Party opposition leader Simon Bridges held a media conference calling for the resignation of Mr. Robertson and Treasury Head, Gabriel Makhlouf, for what he said had been cheating and smears.
Robertson and Ardern both refused to discuss the saga on Thursday.
Melbourne radio 3AW host Tom Elliott said Australians who said they would move to New Zealand after the shock of the Coalition election victory would stop mumbling over Mrs. Ardern.
& # 39; I just want to set a few facts for anyone who thinks Jacinda Ardern is God's gift to the government & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; New Zealand takes much fewer refugees per capita than Australia. We are the nice country for refugees, not New Zealand.
& # 39; They don't want immigration, or certainly not as much as before. New Zealand is not the open and welcoming country it once was.
& # 39; Teachers in New Zealand complain that the government is not paying them enough and they have stopped massively. So while we praise Jacinda Ardern up there, New Zealanders see things differently. Just think about that. & # 39;
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