Labour’s Finance spokesman got the numbers around the party’s building policy wrong in trying to score a point in parliament:
. . . Finishing off the session, Labour Party finance spokesman David Parker decided to question Heatley’s figures.
“I would ask, Mr Speaker, whether the Minister checked his arithmetic coming to the House. Because by my reckoning, if there was going to be one house built every hour, for every hour of the day, seven days a week for ten years, there would be a build of 613,000 houses, not the 100,000 houses that the Labour Party says we’re going to build,” Parker said.
Parker now probably wishes he hadn’t brought it up. Heatley said he supposed the press gallery would go and determine who was correct.
There are potentially two answers, given the way Heatley worded the equation:
Twenty-four houses built every day over ten years (and excluding any leap years – 24 x 365 x 10) gives 87,600 houses. About 13,000 short of what Labour was proposing, and in line with Heatley’s math.
Another way of doing it would give 87,360 houses: 1 x 24 x 7 x 52 x 10. Pretty much the same.
Either way, quite a bit off Parker’s 613,000.
If the finance spokesman can’t do fairly basic calculations, with or without a calculator, it’s no wonder the party’s policies don’t add up.