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Budget Will Reflect Mass Immigration Obsession - Peters

Budget Will Reflect Mass Immigration Obsession - Peters

New Zealanders can expect a Budget pre-occupied with a vain attempt to solve problems resulting from record immigration mainly to Auckland, says New Zealand First.

“It will be a Budget attempting to maintain a standard of living underwritten by debt which alarmingly has increased eight-fold since Bill English became Finance Minister,” New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters said at a public meeting in Gore today.

“It’ll be a Budget playing off one group of New Zealanders against another – Auckland vs the Regions, and it will have this predictable feature – long on promises some into the very distant future.

“It will claim that we are back in surplus and some will applaud it as being sound economic management.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.

The gap between our cost of imports over returns for our exports will not be addressed; the decline in our manufacturing will be ignored and there will not be any policies to deal with alarming rural debt

“No other country in the world is voluntarily taking our level of immigration and whist it continues, the needs of the provinces are going to be ignored.

“National will continue its consumptive, not productive obsession with immigration and futile attempts to deal with demand side problems in Auckland, of National’s own making.

“As a consequence, apart from dog whistle policies such as roading plans on the never-never, the regions will continue largely forgotten,” Mr Peters said

Click here for today’s full speech in Gore.

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