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Poor Getting Poorer...Again

“Fixed income and retired New Zealanders are under attack on all fronts,” New Zealand First Deputy Leader Peter Brown said today.

“Last week’s petrol tax hike has been quickly followed by news of increased electricity lines charges; the continuing saga of increasing electricity supply costs; and diminishing competition. At the same time we are witnessing attempts to talk up the price of gas.

“We are also seeing increased industrial action and discontent among low-income earners, who can see that they are in for hard times.

“In isolation these would not affect the country much, but these all seem to have emerged together. This does not bode well for New Zealanders. We may be heading for a winter of discontent.

“If National had taken any of the measures that the supposedly left-wing Labour-Alliance Government have taken in the last month they would have been rightly pillared, but now the silence is deafening.

“Many New Zealanders on fixed incomes are rapidly plunging below the poverty line and more families will revert to using candles as their power gets cut off. The disposable incomes and purchasing power of poorer New Zealanders just got weaker. The poorer are getting poorer.

“New Zealand is no longer a place where you are guaranteed dignity in retirement. As we face another winter many of our elderly are going to have to substantially cut their fuel use. The Energy Minister has to replace rhetoric with action and intervene because power prices are getting out of control. The Government needs to act now before lives are lost,” concluded Mr Brown.


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