in my mind these are equivalent because of the exchange rate. thoughts?
yeah they would be pretty similar but my main point I was trying to make is that in Australia people on higher incomes get taxed more and people on lower incomes get taxed less than in New Zealand. The right wing of New Zealand claimed that cutting taxes for the wealthy in 2008 would help catch us up with Australia, but we have cut taxes for the wealthy far lower than Australia's are. I didn't want to point this out in the original post though, I just wanted people to see it and make up their own minds
Also worth pointing out that the general minimum wage in Australia is $17.03 and as of July the tax free threshold is increasing to $18,000. Which means the majority of my income will be untaxed. Which is good.