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Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time.

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Mr Speaker, a mere six months ago nobody would have imagined a world in the grip of a global COVID-19 pandemic, let alone one that would wreak havoc across health systems and economies globally.

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Tomorrow afternoon, Budget 2020 will be delivered within the most challenging economic conditions faced by any Government since the Great Depression.

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Today we are making a Pre-Budget announcement on emergency support assistance for the New Zealand racing industry.

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I want to start today by acknowledging the sacrifices New Zealanders have made over the six and a half weeks we have been in Alert Levels 4 and 3 in order to beat COVID-19.

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For six weeks now, our lives have been quite different. We have gone from a lockdown, into Level 3 and the reopening of parts of our economy, as our team of 5 million has stuck to our strategy of going hard and going early to win the battle against COVID-19.

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Kia ora koutou katoa, Thank you to John Milford and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce team for hosting this event today.

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Today, we’d like to discuss New Zealand’s foreign policy response to COVID-19.

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Over the past few weeks I have often used my time at this podium to acknowledge the people on the frontline.