Deficit up, National’s credibility down

National’s economic credibility has again been dented with news that the $2.1 billion Government deficit (obegal) for the latest quarter is $450 million worse – 27% – than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.
“National’s economy is stagnating. Yesterday’s news was that full-time employment is down. Manufacturing is struggling. Exports are down. That is why the tax take is down.
“Less tax that is a sure sign that businesses aren’t growing and working Kiwis aren’t earning.
“National’s deficit is $450 million worse than expected – they were off by 27 per cent. Their economic credibility is further damaged.

“This should come as no surprise given that National’s main economic initiative for this three years was to sell our state assets, and even that is off the rails.
“National is seriously mismanaging the economy. We see the evidence every day. Businesses are being sold overseas or shut down, jobs are being outsourced or cut, and a thousand Kiwis are leaving for Australia every week.
“The only thing that’s growing in this country is the Christchurch rebuild, on the back of tragedy and insurance inflows that even this Government can’t claim credit for.
“John Key promoted himself as the man to run the economy well. The evidence is clear today that his ideas aren’t working.
“Kiwis are realising what a disappointment this Government is.”

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Author: David Parker MP

I am a List MP for the New Zealand Labour Party, and Spokesperson for Trade & Export Growth and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Shadow Attorney General

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