Budget 2019

Grant Robertson's Wellbeing Budget is a little different to previous ones.

But it is not dramatically different.

There is no question of the Government abandoning orthodox fiscal management or presentation.

"Wellbeing" has been an incredibly successful marketing tool.

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But the Budget itself shows that term for Wellbeing might just be much higher spending in areas that are most important to the Labour-led Government.

Much much higher, even to the satisfaction of some in National.

The $1.9 billion funding for mental health over five years, for example, and the indexation of main social welfare benefits to the average wage which will

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