English says surplus goal is on track
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 10:36a.m.
The Government is on track to meet its target of posting a budget surplus in 2014/15, Finance Minister Bill English says.
He also said that credit-rating companies he met in New York were not concerned about a delay in the partial sale of state-owned Mighty River Power until next year.
"They didn't see it as really significant," Mr English told TVNZ's Q+A programme today.
Mr English is sticking to the government's prediction that asset sales will raise between $5 billion and $7 billion, saying it's a wide range.
It was desirable to return to budget surplus by 2014/15 to stop government debt rising, he said.
"The revenue is a bit less certain than the expenditure. You know, how the world economy goes is going to matter, the speed of recovery in Christchurch, the rate of inflation - there are always uncertainties there but up until now we're on track," Mr English said.
"We're sticking to that 2014/15 surplus. We believe that's achievable."
Mr English said the delay in the sale of 49 per cent of Mighty River Power would not affect the asset-sales target as long as the sale got under way next year.
He admitted that coal miner Solid Energy was not in good shape to sell.
"It's not in the shape where you could put it on the market. There are a lot of issues that need to be sorted out there. The company is getting on with that job and they've got time before we would need to make a decision about that," he said.
In the May budget, the government forecast a $197 million surplus in the year to June 30, 2015.
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9/09/2012 9:07:07 p.m.
I have stopped believing anything the double dipper says , really .. hes an evil deceitful tory end of story .
9/09/2012 7:24:35 p.m.
....thats great news, no excuses for not fixing our child poverty problem then and no excuses for the lack of jobs...oh and you can stop beneficary bashing as well.
9/09/2012 2:13:51 p.m.
He's dreaming, these utterances weren't even worth reporting in the media.
9/09/2012 1:53:03 p.m.
A projected budget surplus for just after the next general election.
Lets remember that this is National and their projections for the last 4 years have been way off.
But its best to predict there will be a surplus... its good for votes.
And what are voters going to do after National get elected (god help us all if that happens) and it turns into another deficit? they cant kick National out.
And then all National has to do is what they have done for the last 4 years and say "Govenment revenue was much lower than anticipated".
Or they can resort to another of their favorite excuses and say it was caused by instability in the world economy.
Its a great way to cook the books.
And this National Government are always full of excuses... but take no responsibility.... ever.
9/09/2012 11:58:13 a.m.
Mr English, You are just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. The financial system is collapsing you know that better than most. The people of Canada and Mexico arn't going to agree to a combined curency/Debt with US and the Euro is a prime example of how that will inevitably turn out if they do. Most of the people of NZ have a great idea and one you and your mates at the IMF are refusing to put forward, how about, not selling out and retaining the quality of the inferstructure assets we have that will see us all through the inevitable collapse of your FAKE fractional reserve banking system that is hell bent on enslaving us all. You just have to say NO or are you worried they will brand us kiwis Terrorists as well?
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