Bud­get win for health

Herald Sun - - WORLD -

JACINDA Ardern’s Labour gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered multi-bil­lion-dol­lar spend­ing sur­prises for health and ed­u­ca­tion in its first bud­get, along with a run of fis­cal sur­pluses.

Ms Ardern — who ear­lier played down the odds of a splurge — pointed to a need to “re­build” af­ter nine years of un­der­fund­ing of schools and hos­pi­tals.

The cen­tre­piece was a $2.94 bil­lion rise in health fund­ing over four years and $1.46 bil­lion for schools, along with boosts for jus­tice, hous­ing and child poverty ini­tia­tives.

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