With unemployment soaring due to COVID-19, why is Jacinda Ardern's centre-left government significantly less generous towards beneficiaries than Scott Morrison's centre-right government in Australia?
This 2020 budget is not the pivot to a green rebuild many had hoped for. But its short-term focus on caring for people's health leaves the door open to stronger climate action down the track.
The 2020 "Rebuilding Together" budget rightly targets a looming unemployment crisis, but just how bad that will be remains uncertain.
NZ$4.3 billion will go some way to patch up long-standing cracks in New Zealand's health system. But COVID-19 has shown NZ's regional approach to health isn't good enough against a nationwide threat.
Jacinda Ardern has won global admiration for her personal style. But how will Kiwis judge her government at the ballot-box in September this year – just as unemployment is expected to peak?