The release of the Government’s National Recovery Plan (NRP) almost two weeks ago meant that
the broad contents of today’s Budget had been widely disseminated long before its presentation to
the country today by the Minister for Finance. Outlining as it did in a relatively detailed way the
Government’s fiscal intentions, the NRP had given a pretty clear steer on what to expect from
Budget 2011 – the current Minister’s fourth formal budget round since taking office in 2008.