*With a right wing government the answer would be to "cut further". Regretfully under the present MMP situation we have a Left Wing National Government posing under the banner of the Right.
No Government whatever the party it is formed from, will take the necessary steps to curtail Government spending. To do so would under the present electoral system be political suicide.
On top of ever increasing Government spending comes the fact that Local Councils are still failing to control their expensive non core schemes. Refer Auckland's Mayor placing his rail system before fixing the obsolete and potentially dangerous outdated Auckland drainage system.
Recently the Waikato Regional Council now wants to spend and increase their staff levels plus a new administrative building!
If Councils continue to finance projects outside historical core activities, then Super Councils totally controlled by Central Government will dominate our landscape. The result will be a further dis-enfranchising of small town New Zealand, and its rural ratepayers. Brian
*There is ample room for cuts to Gov't expenditure.
These departments could comfortably disappear -
Race relations office, Maori language commission, Pacific Island Affairs, Women's Affairs, Geographic board
Maori Affairs Maori health (based on myth) Whanau Ora, Waitangi tribunal, Maori Parliamentary seats (decades overdue) Parliament reduced to 95 reps. Cabinet reduced in half. All racist privileges be dispensed everyone treated equally. Colin
*Yes: slash welfare much further instead of just cosmetically; prune socialist/revisionist rubbish in Education; reduce 'special' spending on Maori grievance industry [that would free up a great deal of money]. But time we got rid of things like the office of Race Reations; Women's Affairs; Children's Commission and other areas of very dubious worth (apart from their PC value (not). Replace most of these with one Family Ministry. As an aside cancel many of the useless treaties with the UN e.g. the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Frank
*If it was you or I, the receivers would have been called in already. Malcolm
*Cut becuase there is much fat left from the Clark Years and all her buddies she left behind live on that income from those jobs in Wellington, as well as Auckland and Dunedin City Councils and many more councils. RAY
*The only way we can get New Zealand back onto it's feet is to force the polititions to give us low taxes, personal responsibility, personal freedom and prosperity. Ernest
*Government spending is crowding out the private sector. This will lead to further inefficient and wasteful outcomes for the tax payer dollars. Worse still the more they spend the more they will need to tax those who are earning the dollar incomes. Surely we are sick of having to meet the burden of this demand. surely we can see around the globe the folly of the excesses of Government expenditure increases. Eventually we will pay the price for this wastage just as Greece, Itally, Ireland and other European nations are finding. Lets not fall into the trap of increased Govt expenditure for it is a cancer on society. Greg
*High taxes are more of a drag on our economy than most people realise. Further comment can be found on www.growNZeconomy.co.nz
*Spend what you have. Operate like most households have to. & explain it that way. I agree there is NO free lunch. Neville
*They should also take a substantial cut in salaries as well as they have in France. Lyla
*The longer we allow governments and local bodies to spend excessivly the greater the pain we will sufgfer in the future, however we do not have ANY politicians who have the courage and tenacity to act. John
*Money going into the government's coffers needs to be restricted to government's core business - protecting its citizens from enemies from within and outside the country, operating courts, ensuring a free and honest market, encouraging and rewarding decent behaviour, especially supporting and encouraging the nuclear family. Get government out of trying to run and/or pick potentially successful businesses. Get government out most of its "welfare" programmes - most of which are social engineering to promote socialism and Marxism. Duncan
*How else can the debt be paid back? Mary