Mr English, Mr English, a phone call…some guy called Daryl Kerrigan is calling you:
The Government’s lead economic advisor warns a new policy aimed at attracting more migrants to the regions would achieve nothing.
According to documents released under the Official Information Act, Treasury told Finance Minister Bill English on July 16 the new Government measures were unlikely to help regional development.
The measures went to Cabinet for approval on July 20 and the increased bonus points on residency requests was announced on July 26. Under the revised scheme, skilled workers who take jobs in the regions or set up businesses there will have their points to calculate whether residency requests should be approved increased.
However, the July Treasury briefing to Mr English had warned the policy changes were unlikely to have a consequential impact for regional development. Read more »