New Zealand First says the Budget does little to help struggling New Zealanders off the treadmill of high costs and low wages and uses asset sales to blur the real state of the economy.
Mr Speaker –our first reaction to this Budget is to call in the Serious Fraud Office.
Never in the history of this country has a government so blatantly cooked the books.
I take a call on behalf of New Zealand First, and I ask the question: what do New Zealanders want from the Budget? That is the big question—what do New Zealanders want from the Budget?
New Zealand First says the Government needs to explain why it is issuing temporary work visas for supermarket workers at a time of record high unemployment.
New Zealand First says the loss of 140 Department of Conservation jobs will place enormous stress on those who have to take up the slack.
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.
New Zealand First says unemployment among Pacific Island people has more than doubled under National to a shocking 15.6 per cent – the highest for any single ethnic group.
New Zealand First has accused Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English of deliberately creating a smokescreen over the number of jobs the Government claims to have created.
NZ Manufacturers & Exporters Association – Council & CEO Forum, Christchurch
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