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Budget 2017: Budget embraces ‘communism by stealth’

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"The boost to Working for Families is the perfect example of how National is abandoning its roots," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"In 2004, John Key called these payments ‘communism by stealth’. Now Steven Joyce using this policy to buy votes with other people’s money.

"Paying people more money to have kids was never good policy. Now it’s even worse, with stronger incentives for people to keep having children even when they’re not in a strong financial position. It’s an insult to the majority of parents who wait and save before having children. And, if God-forbid, you’re childless, the Budget snubs you.

"The National Party is meant to believe in personal responsibility and low taxes, now they’ve not only adopted Labour’s policies, they’re championing them. These changes will shift even more of the burden onto the 17% of Kiwis who already pay over 45% of all income tax."

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