We support the principles of this Bill, particularly the inter-generational focus of this Bill. The Salvation Army works towards long term and sustainable social reform and so we believe an intergenerational focus is crucial in ensuring positive change for all New Zealanders.
We also support the greater transparency of fiscal policy development that this Bill offers. But we echo the concerns of The Treasury, that these principles will be empty words if governments do not consistently apply them in their financial management.
We continue to exhort our leaders to brave and effective leadership in their fiscal management strategies, but also in other crucial areas such as youth unemployment, housing and welfare and tax reform in New Zealand.