The Dom Post reports:
The oil, gas and mining sector is the most productive sector in the economy, with workers earning an average of $105,000 a year and generating $333 for each hour worked, a government report shows.
Yet this is the sector that the Greens and some in Labour want to close down. We have Labour leadership candidates saying they want higher wages yet opposing anything that allows for more drilling or mining.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said oil and mineral exports, excluding coal, were worth $2.8 billion last year.
That’s almost as much as the promises made by the leadership candidates this week!
“If we want more and better-paying jobs and more money to invest in our schools and hospitals, then we need to keep making the most of our abundant energy and minerals potential through environmentally responsible development,” Joyce said.
Or we can just print money!
However, the government report shows the petroleum and minerals sector, including gold, coal and aggregates, generates $333 an hour worked based on the GDP for the sector divided by the number of hours paid. That compares with the average of just $48 for each hour worked.
And workers are paid on average $105,000 a year – more than twice the New Zealand average.
Filthy rich pricks! Tax them more!
Also in the Dom Post:
Driven by booming dairy prices, New Zealand’s terms of trade raced up almost 5 per cent in the June quarter as export prices rose at the same time as import prices dipped.
Another sector many on the left claim is bad for New Zealand and must not be allowed to expand!
It was the largest quarterly rise in the terms of trade in two years, as dairy prices rose 14 per cent in the June quarter.
More filthy rich pricks!