Talking Finance

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader

The questions came thick and fast for Paul Goldsmith at a recent National Party morning tea in Mt Maunganui. Paul is the newly appointed spokesperson for Finance and Infrastructure following the announcement from Amy Adams that she’s retiring at the next election.

While it will be sad to see Amy go as she has made a massive contribution to the National Party and Parliament, I know we are in good hands with Paul. Paul has done an outstanding job holding the Government to account in the Economic and Regional Development portfolios.

Locals had many questions for him, including concerns on the rising cost of living and the impact this Government’s wasteful spending policies (such as fees free and KiwiBuild) will have on their future tax burden.

When spending grows faster than the economy, it leads to more tax and more debt. It’s not a matter of choosing wellbeing over the economy. A strong economy pays for the services that aid better wellbeing.

The Bay of Plenty’s economy is in good shape. We have lots of momentum here. But the New Zealand economy is slowing and it won’t be long before that trickles through to the Bay. The Government is blaming the slowdown on global factors but they are responsible for the domestic economy, not Donald Trump.

I’m pleased Amy is here for the rest of the term to help us form policies for next year’s election. It’s exciting to lead such a talented and hardworking team and know that we have a depth of talent to continue holding the Government to account.


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