I have to admit, ACT are actually doing what the media should be doing – researching opposition claims and countering them with hard facts. Â Try this one on for size:
â€śA Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the child poverty rate has been declining for nearly 20 years, falling from 35% in 1994 to 16% in 2007 and recently returning to pre-global financial crisis levels in 2012â€ť said Dr Whyte.
â€śThose who advocate socialism have exploited the publicâ€™s concern about a rising number of people being trapped into a cycle of dependency. The Leftâ€™s repeated claims that New Zealand is getting more unequal are simply false and divert attention from policies that would help people out of dependency.
â€śPrior to the recent recession, there were 15 years of steady growth in median household incomes driven, in part, by the steady increase in the number of two-parent households where both parents are in paid employment (3% pa).