Let’s face it they couldn’t have done better if they tried!
From the Age
AUSTRALIA is facing a flood of economic refugees. But the big numbers aren’t from the north, they are from the across the Tasman where Statistics New Zealand yesterday announced the biggest exodus to Australia on record.
An extraordinary 53,900 New Zealanders moved to Australia in the year to July – around the entire population of New Plymouth, New Zealand’s 11th biggest city.
The number dwarfs the 9607 asylum seekers who arrived in Australian waters by boat.
The record emigration of 53,900 is a dramatic increase from the same period a year before when 46,450 New Zealanders moved to Australia – itself a record at the time.
“These are economic refugees,” New Zealand Council of Trade Unions secretary Peter Conway told The Age.
New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 6.8 per cent, little changed since the economic crisis. Australia’s is 5.2 per cent, down on the GFC peak of 5.9 per cent. “New Zealand was hit much harder than Australia,” Mr Conway said. “We didn’t have the big boost in government spending you had that pushed unemployment back down. Before the crisis our unemployment rate was briefly the best in the OECD. It is now mid-range, much worse than yours.”