EDITORIAL:

Simon Bridges looked a little like Jack, returning from the beanstalk with a golden goose under his arm, when he announced the National Party had obtained "leaked" details of this week's Wellbeing Budget.

Bridges sought to use the figures he'd obtained to highlight what he claimed were a substantial increase in defence and forestry spending and a relatively small $744 million package for district health board funding.

Outlaying "$1.3 billion for the purchase of assets in Vote Defence Force in 2019/2020, up from $641 million last year ... has nothing to do with the Government's wellbeing priorities", said Bridges.

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