Every Cent of Super Fund Must Be Borrowed
Monday, July 23 2001
Press Releases -- Economy
The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee's report tabled today confirms that every cent of the $6.1 billion going
to the Super Fund over the next five years will have to be borrowed, ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today.
"The Finance and Expenditure Committee's report on the Budget and Economic Fiscal Update (BEFU) confirms Michael Cullen
is going to borrow in order to 'save' for future pensions.
"This is absurd. A pension scheme financed by borrowing is no pension scheme at all. You cannot borrow money then claim
that you are 'saving' it.
"Treasury told the Committee that the Government has to borrow an extra $7.6 billion over the next five years. They
explained that without the super fund, only $1.5 billion would need to be borrowed."
The Committee concluded:
We note the DEFU [December Economic and Fiscal Update] signalled the Government would borrow $2.1 billion (which
increased to $7.6 billion). We were informed by The Treasury that, all things being equal, if the Government was not
investing $6.1 billion in the New Zealand Superannuation Fund it would need to borrow $1.5 billion over the period.
"The Super fund was always a shaky proposition. It is now absurd that the government is having to borrow to fund it,"
Rodney Hide said.
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