Govt to target social welfare after assets
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 9:45a.m.
The Government is already preparing for a new battle with opposition parties - this time over welfare reform.
The Prime Minister expects legislation to legalise state asset sales to go through Parliament this week - Mighty River Power being the first of the state's energy assets to be carved up once it becomes law.
But John Key signalled to Marcus Lush on RadioLIVE this morning his next target is social welfare.
“We need to improve the system, and when you have 13 percent of working-age New Zealanders on a benefit, most people know that’s just not sustainable and it’s not delivering the right outcomes and it wasn’t the original intention of welfare in this country,” says Mr Key.
And while welfare reform will have its opponents, Mr Key believes there will be a lot of support for it among people dissatisfied with the current system.
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30/06/2012 9:38:09 a.m.
@carlos, there is no such thing as the "dole". it is called a "living wage" while between jobs. you might find yourself in that position one day. belitering people because they found themselves jobless is no help. do you want these nzers to then be as a homeless person???.
29/06/2012 9:50:53 a.m.
Another example of politicians using the disadvantaged to get some support back after the catastrophe of selling off assets. Very apparent and happening on a more regular basis. Shame on you Key.
26/06/2012 5:35:37 p.m.
Good ! Paying people money for doing nothing, is crazy, and just wrong. Scrapping the Dole is the right thing to do, ASAP.
26/06/2012 9:51:16 a.m.
Tin Man wrote:
The only support Key will get will be from his aging affluent political donors who want to hear his moral panic on single mums ,other minority unemployed and blue collar people. Too many work a day , common or garden NZers now have kids and grandkids that are heavily affected by unemployment, incompetent state services, health and school cuts, poverty and wrongful CYF action. He is fast alienating a rapidly growing majority of the good folk of NZ with this fascist agenda.
25/06/2012 11:30:19 p.m.
Too start John Key,how about your crowd start to save tax payers money, by stop taking all those tax payers trips out of the country,along with all your body guards.You should show some compromise and do what you tell every one else to do.You are one of those who create a war and have no guts to fight in it yourself.Just like the asset sales,you don!t need to worry,as you get free power while down in Wellington,and with $50million what would a few hundred dollars more a year see you worry.
25/06/2012 10:45:05 a.m.
John Key bashing the unemployed for his failed economic policy's.
Hes essentially saying unemployment is caused by unemployment when really there is just a shortage of jobs and a tiny minority of bludgers who want to sit on the dole and do nothing.
25/06/2012 10:38:04 a.m.
I am wondering , where are the jobs John? And where do you think you can keeping hiding the real unemployed. It is way higher that 13%. It is around 400 000, hidden away on DPB, courses, invalids . Not forgetting unemployed partners and children of the working and unemployed.
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