Fall in dairy prices reinforces need for Economic Upgrade
The overnight drop in milk prices combined with yesterday’s fall in commodity export prices reinforces the need for
Labour’s Economic Upgrade, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.
“Even before this latest price drop, when our terms of trade were at a 40-year high, we still didn’t earn enough from
our exports to pay for our imports and interest. National’s credibility on exports is in tatters.
“They promised to increase them to 40 per cent of GDP. Instead they’ve dropped since they took office to 29 per cent of
GDP and are expected to drop further to 26 per cent.
“This is more proof of the need for Labour’s Economic Upgrade. This includes a capital gains tax, excluding the family
home, to encourage investment away from property and into productive exports.
“Labour’s Economic Upgrade will boost investment, innovation and industry to turn New Zealand’s economy from one reliant
on raw products to one that is high value, high tech and creates better jobs with higher wages,” says David Parker.