READER REPORT:

Cunliffe correct on migrant housing crisis

ASHISH NAICKER
Last updated 11:41 28/05/2014

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I must congratulate David Cunliffe on his excellent proposal. He has clearly identified that most of his migrant voter base is the main driver behind the housing problem.

Cutting down on the work permits is actually a good idea. People on job seekers benefits are always complaining on not enough jobs being available, so now they will be given first priority over outsiders, especially for the Christchurch rebuild. Something the National Government was trying to achieve by giving monetary rewards, but had a huge backlash from a lot of people. Now their hopeful leader has indirectly come up with a solution.

As for the housing boom, the identified target of foreigners are mostly the ones who arrive in the country stocked up with cash. Maybe Cunliffe hasn't realized, but people with money mostly arrive under the investors category, rather than the family reunification categories.

A while back when family reunification categories were tightened by the current Government by putting it into two tiers, we saw a lot of complains from the people who would fall into the second tier. Most of these voices apparently arrived from Labour's voter base, chanting that the current Government is heartless, needs to be removed, etc. Good to see Cunliffe target the same group as apparently being responsible for our housing problem.

Mr. Cunliffe, not that I am going to vote you, but I wish to extend my hearty congratulations to you for identifying such an excellent solution to our housing problem and identifying an integral group from your own voter base as a major contributing factor towards the problem. Good work.


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