Key steps into Bennett privacy row
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 5:19p.m.
Prime Minister John Key appears to have told his welfare minister not to again release private details about beneficiaries.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett caused an uproar in 2009 when she released the full details of the state support Hamilton mother of three Natasha Fuller was receiving.
Ms Fuller had complained about the Government axing her training incentive allowance.
The Human Rights Commission investigated and last week decided not to take action against Ms Bennett.
Ms Bennett said she considered the issue closed, she wasn't going to apologise to Ms Fuller, and she wouldn't rule out doing it again.
Mr Key said today he had spoken to Ms Bennett about her comments.
"It's fair to say that in my view it won't happen again," he told reporters.
"She indicated to me that because there's a million permutations in life she couldn't rule out every one of those but, in reality, she thought it was very unlikely to ever happen again."
Mr Key says the issue was politically motivated.
"There's now a resolution, I think that's the end of the matter and I don't think we will be seeing it again."
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16/09/2012 11:28:21 p.m.
she won a recount in the last election. she was out and then ....back in!!. i really think something fishy going on here. you just never know. there is corruption out there believe it or not. and she just looks and acts the part eh.john Key really needed her to fufull his/their master plan.
12/09/2012 10:29:08 a.m.
Disgusted Grandparent wrote:
This woman is a disgrace to womanhood.
Just another National party Juggernaut
with an eye to her own future without remembering her past.God help her if she falls from favor.Her sweeping and ignorant behavior is nothing short of damaging and insulting to the parents
who had children because they wanted to care for and educate them outside the mainstream ,and there are plenty of them.Of course there will always be
another element of parent out there but that has always been the case and always will be.
SOCIAL ENGINEERING AT IT,S WORST I fear.Be very careful of abandoning your children to daycare before they are ready.Sometimes going without to be with your children has it,s own rewards much later down the track.
5/09/2012 2:58:44 a.m.
Umm how is this woman still in government???
21/08/2012 9:53:41 a.m.
Key has made poverty in this country worse than it has ever been.
The wealth gap in New Zealand is the worst in the developed world (even worse than greece).. and worse than it has ever been here at least in the last 50 years or so.
The head of the OECD, said that the reason for this was the top earner tax cuts accompanied with stricter and less efficient benefit provisions.
He also said that Trickle down economics dont work, and those at the bottom will be suffering more than most.
Thats John Keys legacy to the country... poverty and suffering.
He hasnt achieved anything else, thats for certain... unemployment pretty much hasnt budged and prices have done nothing but go up.
With John Key and Paula Bennett, its one set of rules for them and a whole different set for everyone else.
Thats what elitest's are like.
21/08/2012 9:08:23 a.m.
She is a bully - and looks like one too. She needs to be put in her place big time.
21/08/2012 6:40:38 a.m.
@Draco that would be because she is a National party member.Possibly our inmate numbers have dropped under national as they appear to all be running the country. One law for rulers and one for lackies. Its almost like the new apartheid in nz. Nevermind races its the classes dependent on how much you earn.
21/08/2012 5:25:49 a.m.
Kevin M wrote:
Not good enough Key,just not good enough.New Zealanders are sick of your Winz backstabbing.
20/08/2012 11:21:52 p.m.
The Plan wrote:
Paula's plan is to play like a naughty kid at kindy. Always asserting the naughty things she does are correct actions (wedgies, toss security blankets on the kindy roof, taking the new kids lunch). that way the grown ups get tired of policing her behavior and hearing all the complaints from the other kids and so she gets to run a rapacious and ignorant(ignorant as only a kindy kid can be) agenda of blaming the poor for the complex and intractable issues they face.
20/08/2012 11:04:23 p.m.
LOL @ Erm really? you're a christian? because when you belittle Maori and women and beneficiaries... thats not christian.
John Banks is the same... he puts down the meek (who will inherit the kingdom of heaven), while talking up himself... a greedy self interested self obsessed individual.
I think its plain for everyone to see how much of a christian banks and Brownlee are when their first god is money.
20/08/2012 9:20:05 p.m.
Draco T Bastard wrote:
There's not a million permutations - she broke the law. Why is she still in parliament and not in jail?
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