PM's Presser 21 March 2011
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Today's post-cabinet press conference concentrated on the Government's proposal to pay for the costs of the Christchurch
earthquake and rebuilding through spending cuts on other areas (excluding education and health). There was discussion
the effect changes such as restructuring might have, where cuts should be found, the Prime Minister's response to the
IMF delegation visiting the country and whether large cuts could be well thought out in the time available. Mr Key said
that question would ultimately be decided by a general election.
The Prime Minister began the press conference by announcing his support for UN-backed action in Libya, which he
described as "necessary, proportionate and legal". He said that New Zealand would be implementing the UN sanction
regime, although he did not believe there were Libyan state assets in New Zealand that could be frozen. Although not
covered by the sanction regime, education authorities have been advised to cease dealings with Libya for the time being.
The Government will also be donating one million dollars to relief efforts in Japan through the Red Cross.
The Prime Minister also wish Labour MP Trevor Mallard a speedy recovery following a bike crash on Saturday.
Fact check: The Prime Minister states that "the bulk of New Zealanders" earn 40 to 75 thousand dollars a year.
According to Statistics New Zealand's New Zealand Income Survey results for the June 2010
the median income (the amount which half the people in the country earn below) was $529 per week, which equates to
$27508 per year. According to the survey's technical notes
the collected data was cash only, pre-tax (gross) income wherever possible, and did not include any non-cash fringe
Or by this table
the median weekly income for those in paid employment is $767 ($39884 per year).
So either way It's not possible to muster a majority starting at $40,000 and going up.
Which leaves Scoop at a bit of a loss as to what the Prime Minister means.