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The second Labour government: pain at the pump (2nd of 2)

The second Labour government: pain at the pump

In 1958 Labour Minister of Finance Arnold Nordmeyer released a budget that raised the price of petrol, beer and cigarettes. This was widely unpopular and became known as the 'black budget'. This 1958 cartoon shows Nordmeyer as a garage attendant supplying 'Nordiegas' to an enraged farmer. Prime Minister Walter Nash, who was often out of the country in this period, stands alongside eating acid drops, a favoured sweet.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-549-q-11-073
Cartoon by Gordon Edward George Minhinnick

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Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - Second and third Labour governments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2020)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015