Why we'll get lollies when we need a lentil diet

Why we'll get lollies when we need a lentil diet
In an election year, voters will demand – and politicians will hand out lollies. (Image: Unsplash)
Cameron Bagrie
The 2023 Budget is shaping up to be a defining moment for the current minister of finance. All eyes will be on the Half-Year Economic and Fiscal Update in the interim.He faces a tricky balancing act. The era of fiscal profligacy is over – just ask former British prime minister Liz Truss. However, this is not a government that is prone to lentil diet Budgets. Spending pressures are intense, with many challenges. Inflation demands spending restraint, a legacy of underinvestment in many areas demands the opposite. A chunk of covid fundi...

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