18 May 2006

Unforeseen export incentives

Excerpt from a question in the House on New Zealand's economic competitiveness:

Dr Don Brash: If, as Dr Cullen claims on the Prime Minister's behalf, she is so unconcerned about New Zealanders moving to Australia for higher after-tax wages, why is her Government today launching an expensive Australian advertising campaign to lure expat Kiwis home?

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN: We are not in the least saying that we do not want to see New Zealanders coming back to New Zealand, but I was stopped outside and told that Dr Lockwood Smith was chasing people around and finding out they were going to Australia. If Dr Lockwood Smith was chasing me, I would think about going to Australia.

- Hansard, 11 May 2006

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