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Labour ex-pat charm offensive is offensive

John Key MP
National Party Finance Spokesman
17 August 2005

Labour ex-pat charm offensive is offensive

National Party Finance spokesman John Key says no one will believe the Labour Government’s sudden charm offensive to entice ex-pats back to New Zealand.

“Why would they, when just a few weeks ago Michael Cullen said New Zealand was better off without them.”

Mr Key is referring to a speech Dr Cullen gave to the Wellington District Law Society on 19 July. He said: ‘If, as some have suggested, New Zealanders are fleeing as tax exiles to Australia, one can only conclude that those individuals are functionally innumerate, and we are probably better off without them.’

“Labour’s charm offensive is offensive. It will do nothing to stem the flow of Kiwis leaving this country for better wages and better incentives overseas.

“Let’s look at the initiatives - a web-site and a trial of video conferencing facilities. Big deal!

“Then there’s a promise to work with the agencies already in place, something most would have expected the Government to be doing already.

“Of course, promoting New Zealand-based jobs overseas is a worthy idea, but surely this is a common-sense solution to our skills crisis anyway.

“The best way to ensure skilled New Zealanders come home, or don’t leave in the first instance, is to provide a tax and social structure that sets the right incentives for people to work hard and get ahead.

“National is the only party that will deliver a fairer tax system for working Kiwis,” says Mr Key.

ENDS

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