Election 2023: How ChatGPT reacted to Nicola Willis' idea that AI could write Kiwis' tax receipts

Forget "show me the money", the National Party wants to see the receipts.

As the Government kicked off Budget week with a promise to build more classrooms, National's pledging to issue every single taxpayer with an annual statement showing them how much they've been taxed and what it's been spent on.

But they haven't got the receipts for their own policy, releasing no costings, and are even suggesting it can be done by robots.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was at a brand new hall at Ridgway School in Wellington on Monday, where one kid told him the old buildings were "old and crusty".

No one wants old and crusty schools, so the Government's pleading to build 300 new classrooms along with up to four new schools or school expansions, creating 6600 new student spaces. It has a pricetag of $400 million. 

Hipkins told children at the school that it will mean "more kids around the country can have the sorts of classrooms like the ones that you guys have got".

It was a little teaser ahead of Thursday's Budget.

Meanwhile, National's Christopher Luxon is getting in before the busting open of the books, promising to slash spending. 

"For the last six years, I think taxpayers have been completely abused by this Government," he said. 

He's reached deep into the sensible spending idea bank and pulled out receipts - receipts for taxpayers. 

"It will break down how much money they have paid and received in the last year, including any Working for Family tax credits, or other benefit payments," Luxon said. "It will also break down where their taxes have been spent, including on education, health and on welfare payments."

Hipkins said the idea was "a bit like pleding to bring back the bank statement really". 

It sounds kind of expensive, but we don't know though - National didn't cost it.

"It's pretty simple. It just comes as part of their annual tax return," Luxon said. 

Hipkins said it's "certainly not going to be a cost-free exercise".

"Someone would have to pay for those letters to be written and for them to be sent out."

Unless, they get the robots to do it.

"Can I just add there, I reckon AI could do it," National's finance spokesperson Nicola Willis said.

Newshub asked Chat GPT, an AI programme, can you write a tax receipt for every New Zealander?

"It would be impossible for me to provide tax receipts for every New Zealander," it replied.

Luxon said as there are "14,000 more public servants in Wellington since this Government came to power, there is plenty of resource to do it".

It was impossible too for the Prime Minister to keep a poker face when it comes to Budget secrets, like how significant any tax changes might be.

"Not hugely significant."

All will be revealed in three more sleeps. 

Jenna Lynch Analysis

Judging by the Prime Minister's response to National's receipts policy, definitely don't expect the Government to adopt that one in the Budget on Thursday.

As much as Hipkins was taking the mickey about it and it doesn't feel like a fully formed idea, that is a populist idea that might resonate with some voters, knowing where their money is going. 

Hipkin's failure to keep a straight face on tax is telling, he didn't rule out tax changes altogether. 

The whispers are swirling around maybe a twofer cost of living and health type policy. Tackling cost of living in an inflation crisis is difficult - you don't want to throw cash on the inflation fire.

But you can try and make essentals - like healthcare for instance - cheaper.