Remember how right-wing bloggers used to write all the time about the wage gap with Australia, how it was all Helen Clark's fault and getting rid of Labour would lead to an improvement in our situation relative to Oz? It seemed like every other post was about NZers fleeing to Australia for the money. Hell, even John Key was saying it.
In vain did lefties point out that Oz wages are higher largely due to them not having crushed the unions like we did and having higher productivity due to reasons other than which party was in govt, and that a change of govt here was unlikely to affect that. How the right-wing bloggers ridiculed us! Ignorant of economics, we were. Partisan Labourites, we were. What rapid change we'd see with a decent man at the helm, they said.
How depressed they must be at this morning's news: Tasman wage gap $40 a week wider. I guess that explains why the right has become silent on the wage gap...
May 31 in history
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