May 20, 2008

Colin James On The Budget

Colin James looks at what might be in this week's budget, the first this Government has had to deliver in difficult economic times. Colin also ends with a couple of corrections:

The climate leadership forum did not specifically recommend delaying the phase-out of free allocations, as this column said last week. Instead, the Government justified its delay on the thrust of its recommendations.

Note also National's switch to delaying the emissions trading legislation until 2009, contrary to what I was told before the column. There were no bipartisan clues from Key on Sunday.

We made the following comment on Colin's column last week:

We are however a bit worried about his buying the Government spin on the role of the climate change leadership forum. Does a paper from one member constitute a recommendation from the full forum? OIA all paperwork.....