Making sense of the coalition agreements

Making sense of the coalition agreements
Policy prescription or laundry list? The three leaders sign up to the new coalition. (Image: BusinessDesk)
Pattrick Smellie
Having grizzled for weeks that coalition negotiations were taking far too long, politics-watchers now face a different challenge: working on what the coalition agreements all add up to.At first blush, the degree of detail was impressive.There are eight pages apiece of detailed bullet points in National’s agreement with the Act and New Zealand First parties, covering a very wide set of policy agreements with considerable but not total overlap.It has also since become clear that the shape of the government’s policy agenda cannot be fu...

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