National's response to the historic jump in inequality and child poverty is "it's all the fault of the global economic recession'.
What a load of cobblers.
Borrowed tax cuts for the wealthy, forcing beneficiaries back to work when there are no jobs, higher unemployment, attacks on unions, cut backs to public services and higher GST are all choices the Government deliberately made - they have nothing to do with the global economic recession. National have used the global meltdown as an excuse to forward ideological reform.
Our geographic position has created an economic micro climate. China is our second largest trading partner, Australia is our largest and China is Australia's largest. The rough edges of the recession have been taken off, not because of National policy, but because China has been on a resources binge.
Even if it is the global economic recession to blame - why implement the same failed unregulated free market ideas domestically that led to that global collapse?
Dear National, it's not the global economic recession - it's you and your policy that purposely gives to the wealthiest at the expense of the masses.