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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Number 19, 1976.]


The Muldoon Government, recently arrived from Nauru, gave its first multi-budget last Thursday. Unless you're going overseas, are buying a stereo or an outboard motor, you probably didn't notice it much.

In retrospect, the worries we had about the Budget were at bit extreme. The rumour about a 10% increase in taxation for example. Or about the massive increases in sales taxes. Sure, 7 cents on fags and 70 cents on imported whiskey might hit you hard, but other things coulda bin far worse.

The rumours hadn't been helped by Muldoon. His warnings of 'stern measures' and 'complete package" got us a bit Worried. The most complex things was the wrapping, and the sternest measure his approach to the whole affair.