For all that we give the Nats a hard time here at The Standard, we’re also careful to give credit where it’s due. So I guess we should give credit to National, in this time of economic stagnation, for the one and only growth industry that they have accomplished. That growth industry is, of course, trans-Tasman airline tickets:
Fed-up Kiwis head to Oz en masse
Thousands of New Zealanders – including many disillusioned immigrants – are looking for new jobs and new lives in Australia.
During the weekend, about 6000 people packed the Oz Jobs Expo in Auckland, at which Australian companies were headhunting Kiwi skills and experience.
And, judging by the long queues for the $15 event, it seems many of the employers will have no problem finding takers among job seekers who say they are fed up with New Zealand and believe the lifestyle, pay and opportunities are far better across the Tasman. …
The number of New Zealanders moving across the Tasman hit a record 53,000 in the year to February, but the unemployment rate at home and Australia’s new tax breaks that would make millions better off are tipped to lift that number.
Young job seeker Joanne Frew said she wanted to move because of the National Government’s lack of focus on “creating better jobs and affordable housing”.
“I’ve given up hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel, and decided to make my own light,” said Miss Frew, a political science graduate who had been working as a receptionist since leaving university in 2009.
“My pay now is not much higher than a school drop out working at the supermarket, so if I can find a job, any job, then I’m out of here.”
Perhaps its National’s strategy for winning the next election? Drive all the smart voters out of the country? I’m kidding – I think.