I wonder how the polls would look if the sampling included Kiwis who have fled the country?
One of the biggest failures of the Key government is the continuing massive exodus to Australia. This was an issue that Key made a core focus of the 2008 election. Remember this?
Ah yes, the Westpac Stadium. Nearly 35,000 people. Well under National it is over 53,000 Kiwis who crossed the ditch last year:
National’s disastrous 2012 now has an official measure with 53,676 New Zealanders leaving for Australia because of the Government’s economic mismanagement, says Labour Leader David Shearer.
“This is the largest number of people to depart for Australia in any calendar year since records began in 1978. It is an absolute indictment of this Government’s failure to provide Kiwis with the opportunities they need to get ahead in their own country.
“What’s shocking is that 21,588 (40.2%) of those who left in the year to December 2012 are aged between 18 and 30. We are losing our young, talented Kiwis because they can’t find jobs here. That’s no surprise given our unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent and the fact that on average working Australians are almost $150 a week better off.
“Since John Key took office, almost 182,000 New Zealanders have left for Australia. … “New Zealanders are voting with their boarding passes and leaving National’s New Zealand for a brighter future in Australia.
Shearer highlighted the issue last year with his own visit to Westpac Stadium. What was Key’s response?
Mr Key said Mr Shearer’s “stunt” was hypocritical. He rejected any suggestion the failure to stem the exodus was a failure, saying figures for net migration were “fairly similar” under Labour.
So 35,000 leaving was a failure for Labour, and 53,000 leaving was not a failure for the Nats? Spoken like the worst kind of politician. Take some responsibility for your failure Key. Address the real issue – clearly stated in the article – what is National doing about jobs and wages? What is National doing to give young Kiwis a reason to stay?