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ACT congratulates Govt on staying with the RB Act

Published: Wed 15 Mar 2000 10:54 AM
ACT congratulates Government on staying with the Reserve Bank Act
ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today it was pleasing that the new government had stuck with the Reserve Bank Act and the fight against inflation.
“This government is doing much that is wrong – but it’s got this one right. It’s always tough for any government when the Reserve Bank tightens monetary conditions and hikes interest rates. This hike was well signalled by the Reserve Bank and was already factored in to interest rates.
“Nonetheless, ACT is pleased that the government has not meddled with the Reserve Bank.
“It also makes a refreshing change not to have the usual carping from Jim Anderton who in opposition would always rail against the Reserve Bank and Governor Don Brash whenever monetary conditions were tightened.
“It’s now clear that the Deputy Prime Minister’s rhetoric was just that – rhetoric.
“The Reserve Bank framework has proved itself very robust having now survived both Winston Peters and Jim Anderton. This is good news for all New Zealanders,” concluded Rodney Hide.
ENDS

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