I’m just going to quickly respond to the latest press release from the National Party’s John Key: After-tax wages in Oz more than pre-tax in NZ.
John Key MP National Party Finance Spokesman has made various claims about the financial differences between
But what about that other fact in Key’s release?
"Dr Cullen can't continue to ignore this assault on our workforce.
The emphasis is mine.
The actual number they are using is 2,713 Permanent and Long-Term (PLT) departures from
Of course this is gross and not net. If we look at PLT arrivals FROM Oz to NZ the number drops to 1,755 in May or approximately 438.75 people per week leaving for Oz. (I’ll put it all in a table at the bottom of the post to make it easy to read).
Has this figure climbed to 678 per week as John Key suggests? Nope.
The number of “New Zealanders crossing the ditch” has been dropping since at least January. In January there were 4,276 PLT departures for
The 2005 figures show the same trend; higher levels of departure in January tapering off to May. However, the May 2005 figures are still higher than the May 2006 figures (I was too lazy to do a significance test, but so was John Key).
Here’s the table (please note that net departures is arrivals minus departures, hence the negative numbers). This information is available here.