What About The Farmers?
23 May 2002
“It has become fashionable for budgets to talk
only of social expenditure, New Zealand First agriculture
spokesman Doug Woolerton said.
“This Government has taken
this trend to new heights with a focus on the politically
correct and the marginal. The real drivers of our economy
were not mentioned by the Finance Minister. There was no
recognition at all. While the Government reflects in the
glow of high export receipts there is no recognition of
where this success comes from. This was a very sad day for
our biggest exporters,” said Mr.
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