A finance minister that just makes numbers up. Nooooo problem

Grant is going to have to learn to stick to waffling like his leader or actually swot up on the numbers before spewing forth demonstrable lies.

He claimed during a Q+A interview that the minimum wage went up by a dollar a year when Labour was last in government.  

The adult hourly minimum wage history under the previous Labour government was as follows (from employment.govt.nz):

Increase date Rate Result
1 April 2008 $12.00 increase of $0.75
1 April 2007 $11.25 increase of $1.00
27 March 2006 $10.25 increase of $0.75
21 March 2005 $9.50 increase of $0.50
1 April 2004 $9.00 increase of $0.50
24 March 2003 $8.50 increase of $0.50
18 March 2002 $8.00 increase of $0.30
 5 March 2001 $7.70 increase of $0.15
 6 March 2000 $7.55 increase of $0.55
 1 March 1997 $7.00
 Total increase $5.00

The minimum wage increased from $7 to $12 under the last Labour government, a total of $5 or an average of $0.56c per year.

A finance minister that either lies that blatantly, or is so disconnected from the facts that he’s happy to wing it, is not good news for anyone.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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