Treasury is forecasting a budget surplus of $2.5 billion in 2018 and $2.8 billion in 2019.
The Q+A Colmar Brunton poll also, however, revealed a big jump in support for Jacinda Ardern as preferred Prime Minister.
Controversial Israeli reporter Gideon Levy has become a harsh critic of his government's treatment of Palestinian people.
Our new Trade Minister David Parker is also there and Jacinda Ardern is on her way for her first test with world leaders.
1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann analyses a messy day after confusion around Trevor Mallard's swearing in as Speaker.
The 1 NEWS Political Editor thinks the centre left has more credibility in negotiations after special votes.
Corin, Andrea and Katie discuss how the week in politics echoes a very similar scenario two decades ago.