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Muldoon and his chart, 1975

Muldoon and his chart, 1975

Robert Muldoon was minister of finance from 1967 to 1972 and again, while also prime minister, from 1975 to 1984. In the lead-up to the 1975 election, as leader of the opposition, he vigorously challenged the government’s economic management, dramatising his criticism with huge charts, as shown here at a meeting in the Lower Hutt town hall. From the 1960s onwards, Treasury (along with ministers of finance) focused on managing the economy as a whole – as much as on its original role of managing the government’s finances.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1975/1599/6a

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Treasury - Treasury and the welfare state, 1935–1980', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012