Let the campaign begin!

have released their first billboard. The PR says:

The billboard, on taxation and , was launched in Auckland this afternoon. The same billboard is going up at sites in Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, and Tauranga.

“Our first election billboard promotes our intention to introduce an ongoing programme of personal . It will be a responsible and a transparent programme,” says Mr Key.

“National will build on Labour’s planned October tax cuts. We will treat those as the first tranche in our tax cut programme. There will be further tax reductions on 1 April 2009, and again on 1 April 2010.

“The billboard also highlights Labour’s failure to stem the tide of people voting with their feet and leaving New Zealand.

“The figures are sky-high. Recent statistics show that more people than ever are leaving. In the year to July, 80,872 people packed their bags and headed overseas for good.

“That’s the highest loss for a year ended July since 1979, and the second highest loss ever. The figure equates to more than 1,500 people per week.

It’s election time alright!

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