Big elec­tion is­sues also over Ditch

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

Hav­ing just re­turned from Aus­tralia I am as­tounded at the sim­i­lar­ity of the is­sues that cause con­cern in both coun­tries. Cost of hous­ing, home­less­ness, in­equal­ity, etc.

New Zealand and Aus­tralia are cer­tainly not unique as the con­cerns also ex­ist in a num­ber of western economies which are strug­gling to re­dress is­sues that have grown over the past 20 or more years un­der gov­ern­ments of the right and left.

I find it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to de­cide which party will best serve New Zealand for the next three years. Na­tional, who have been some­what disin­gen­u­ous with some of their elec­tion­eer­ing state­ments but have a good fi­nan­cial track record, or Labour, whose new leader asks us sim­ply to trust her ex­pen­sive vi­sion for our coun­try.

Sadly the elec­tion cam­paign seems to have be­come some­what nasty on the part of both main par­ties. One can only hope the out­come on Saturday will be one that en­sures well­be­ing and pros­per­ity for every­one in New Zealand.

Gra­ham Walker, Lyn­field.

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