National Relying on Australia for Its Employment Policy
Rt Hon Winston Peters
7 February 2013
National Relying on Australia for Its
New Zealand First says
the latest unemployment figures are a disastrous result for
the Government which is relying on the economic might of
Australia as its employment policy.
Rt Hon Winston
Peters says the Government will flail about trying to put
our terrible rate of unemployment in a good light but they
aren’t fooling anyone.
“The reality is that we
have a mass exodus of workers heading to Australia to work
in well-paid jobs.
“If that 50,000-plus annual
exodus suddenly stopped because of an Australian recession
then our unemployment rate would go through the
Mr Peters says the Government is being
disingenuous in warning New Zealanders heading to Australia
that they won’t get full social security benefits for
“They don’t really want to stop the
exodus because they realise that scenario, coupled with
their lack of employment policy, would lead New Zealand up a
certain creek without a paddle.”
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>