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"Mr Cullen, why did you keep treasury costings of student loans secret?" "Yeah!" "Explain that!" 16 September, 2005.

Reference Number: DCDL-0000197

The scene shows Finance Minister, Michael Cullen, being mobbed by a group of students, as they demand to know why he kept secret, treasury costings of the wiping of interest from student loans. In the foreground lurks a very secretive-looking Don Brash, Leader of National. He has a document labelled 'tax cuts' poking out of his pocket and is peeping out of the frame at the viewer, with his finger to his lips, whispering 'Shush..." This cartoon refers to Michael Cullen having been caught out not spelling out the true costings of student loans which may jeopardise Labour's election chances. Don Brash, however, seems to be suggesting that he too, has some undisclosed costings for the very popular tax cuts policy which has pushed National up in the polls.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Cartoons (Commentary) and Digital images, related to Hon Dr Michael John Cullen, Dr Donald Thomas Brash, Thomas Scott, The Dominion Post (Newspaper), Public opinion polls, Politicians, Elections, Students - Economic conditions, Tax deductions, Loans, Cost and Students - Political activity.

Part of:
Scott, Thomas, 1947- :[Digital cartoons published from 27 July 2005 onwards in the Dominion Post. Includes a selection of digital cartoons from 2003-], Reference Number DC-Group-0025 (778 digitised items)

Extent: 1 digital cartoon(s)Jpeg image - Resolution 200 dpi; RGB (24 bit); Pixel dimensions 2522 x 1790. Single art work

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