Both Tasman nations released their mid-year fiscal outlooks, Australia is still gunning for a surplus, while New Zealand is accepting a deficit. With natural disasters still impacting both nations right before Christmas Tim and Dieuwe reflect upon these end of year developments on this week’s episode Trans Tasman Talk.
Where IS Scott Morrison? Fire chiefs turn on the PM after he declines to meet them and jets off on holiday while Australia burns – MSN/Daily Mail
Government moves to ban plastic fruit stickers, cutlery, and cotton buds – Stuff
Mid-year update cuts forecast budget surplus to $5 billion in 2019/20 – news.com.au
Sydney light rail network breaks down on the first official day of operation – The Guardian
Amnesty and buy-back statistics – NZ Police