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Find out if you are smarter than the Minister of Finance with our fun quiz!

He should be back to school – if he can find one that’s open – for Finance Minister Grant Robertson, said Michael Woodhouse, National Finance spokesman.

“Having raised doubts about our detailed Back in Business economic stimulus plan, we thought it might be helpful for the minister, who has only been a professional politician since his days in student politics, to hone his skills. in financial literacy.

“So let’s give him a little quiz – Economics 101, if you will.” The minister must answer true or false, and show his work for all questions.

“Note that while he may enlist the help of senior colleagues, we are not sure whether Health Minister Andrew Little, who still cannot determine the number of intensive care beds in New Zealand, or the Education Minister Chris Hipkins, who is responsible for an education system where the arithmetic levels of Kiwi children are declining, will be of great help. “

1. Spending $ 710 million from the borrowed Covid Response and Recovery Fund on a plan to nip the water assets of taxpayers who have already paid them is tied to Covid. True or false?

2. Spending $ 26 million from the borrowed Covid Response and Recovery Fund to install cameras on fishing boats is linked to Covid. True or false?

3. The $ 500,000 Covid Response and Recovery Fund grant borrowed from a start-up run by an American wedding celebrant with near zero knowledge of New Zealand literature “to help Aotearoa’s public access books ”is linked to Covid. True or false?

4. The $ 19,000 grant from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund borrowed for a temporary public art activation where members of the public can “harvest” a ceramic vegetable from a small makeshift garden that they can then take home. them as a gift is to respond to Covid. True or false?

“There are at least 60 more questions in the quiz, but we’ll save the minister time. The answers are all the same. There is little to no explanation as to how any of these projects can, or should, be classified in any way as related to Covid.

“And, put together, they total some $ 12 billion – money the government has borrowed to help us get through Covid. But, instead of actually using it for the Covid response, the minister and his government spent it on vanity projects such as a “green school” in Taranaki and $ 27 million for wallaby control.

“This $ 12 billion would fund our Back in Business program several times over.

“It also shames the $ 1 billion gain over 15 years from the free trade agreement with the UK.

“If the minister wants to know how we would pay for critical spending to help New Zealand businesses and keep New Zealand from getting bogged down in growing debt, we can tell him where to start.

“We’ve even attached the full list of questionable expenses to help it as a study guide.

“And if you answered ‘wrong’ to the four questions above, congratulations – you are officially smarter than Grant Robertson! “

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