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Welfare ain’t broke – It’s the Jobs that ain’t there, John-boy!



Jobs, Welfare, & the  Joys of a National “Government”


John Key, being empathetic,

I have said before that I believe in the welfare state and that I will never turn my back on it. We should be proud to be a country that looks after its most vulnerable citizens. We should be proud to be a country that supports people when they can’t find work, are ill, or aren’t able to work.  ” – John Key, 30 January 2007

See:  The Kiwi Way: A Fair Go For All

The promise of National policies on job creation…

This is a budget that actually delivers that.  Treasury say in the Budget, as a result of this platform on what we’ve delivered, 170,000 jobs created and 4% wage growth over the next three to four years.” – John Key, 19 May 2011

See:  Budget 2011: Govt predicts 170,000 new jobs

The economic reality  of National’s “leave it-to-market-forces” policies…

New Zealand’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 6.7pc in the first quarter after the labour force swelled to a three-year high as more people started looking for work in what’s been a tight jobs market. The kiwi dollar fell after the data was released.

The unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 6.7 per cent in the three months ended March 31, from a revised 6.4 per cent in the prior quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand’s household labour force survey. That’s higher than the 6.3 per cent forecast in a Reuters survey of economists. ” – NZ Herald/Household Labourforce Survey, 3 May 2012

See: Unemployment rate lifts to 6.7pc

A minister forced to admit the bleedin’ obvious,

There’s not a job for everyone that would want one right now, or else we wouldn’t have the unemployment figures that we do.” – Paula Bennett, 29 April 2012

See:  TVNZ  Q+A: Transcript of Paula Bennett interview

How National deals with  a stagnant economy and growing unemployment; blame the beneficiaries,

We will be introducing social obligations, so they will have to enrol their child in early childhood education and get well-checks at the doctor by enrolling with the local PHO. If you have kids, then you will lose 50 per cent of your benefit. That’s the worst case scenario. We hope it doesn’t get to that.” – Paula Bennett, 27 July 2012

See:  Hardline Key to rivals: Bring it on

After all, everyone (who votes National/ACT) knows that welfare beneficiaries – the unemployed, solo-mums, widows, invalids, etc –  really run the country;  hold the reigns of power; and create the policies that generate jobs.

John Key, not-so-empathetic,

But it is also true that anyone on a benefit actually has a lifestyle choice. If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills. And that is true because the bulk of New Zealanders on a benefit do actually pay for food, their rent and other things. Now some make poor choices and they don’t have money left.  ” – John Key, 17 February 2011

See:  Food parcel families made poor choices, says Key

National’s view on unemployment,

But as a country, we need to have a hard look at where the welfare system has got to. I don’t think our welfare system today is what its architects had in mind.  That’s why National has a new approach to reduce long-term benefit dependency. ” – John Key, 15 August 2011

See: Building a more effective welfare system

An unemployed person’s view on unemployment,

It’s just so tough out there at the moment. I do have limited experience. I’ve only had one reply from my ads but a few people have rung about my sign on my fence. They think I’m offering work though … there is next to nothing going out there. ” – Jeffrey Rollo, 4 August 2012

See: Rotorua’s jobless at wits’ end


SEEKING WORK: Jeffrey Rollo has put a sign up on his front fence and placed advertisements in The Daily Post looking for a job after being laid off a month ago.


Is this a welfare “problem” – or a lack-of-jobs problem? Who do you believe? John Key or Jeffrey Rollo?

Which begs the questions – will National’s welfare “reforms” create jobs? Will it put Jeffrey Rollo into work?

Will youth rates help Jeffrey Rollo into work?

Will an employer hire Jeffrey Rollo at $13.50 an hour – or an 18 year old at $10.80 an hour?

Who get’s a job that 150 other people will also be applying for?


Full tragic story


The answers are fairly obvious.

Exporting jobs to places like China will not create jobs. We end up paying our own workers to rot on the unemployment scrapheap.

Welform “reforms” will not create jobs. Welfare is not “broke”, and is operating as it should, saving people from starving to death.

Youth rates will not create jobs. It simply shifts the few remaining deck chairs around ‘S.S. New Zealand’.

It is time to invest in jobs in our own country.  Blindingly obvious, I would’ve thought.

Unfortunately, as events are now unfolding, it appears that we will have to wait for a change of government that will be job-creation-friendly.


The Household Labour Force Survey: September 2012 quarter will be released on 8 November.




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  1. 6 October 2012 at 10:26 pm

    the welfare reforms are nothing compared to the TPPA, if this admin can get the TPPA through we are all screwed, any benefit reforms can be overturned under the next administration, benefit reforms are small change….

  2. 10 October 2012 at 11:49 am

    Save BILLION$ of public monies at central and local government level by cutting out the consultants and private contractors – dependent on ‘corporate welfare’!

    Use public monies for SOCIAL welfare – not CORPORATE welfare!

    Target the undeserving rich on corporate welfare and cease forthwith this WAR ON THE POOR!

    • Akldnut
      10 October 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Well put Penny!

  3. Denny Weisz
    10 October 2012 at 11:50 am

    They said a similar thing when they introduced the 90 day hire and fire policy, that it would create jobs, it didn’t. After more than 90% of more than 4500 employers pulled out of the survey. Only a few more than 90 jobs were created and only 60 lasted more than 6 months. Then Ronald McDonalds mum, Kate Wilkinson canned those results.

    • 10 October 2012 at 11:58 am

      Spot on, Denny.

      I get the distinct impression that Key & Co. are feeling total desperation as employment continues to rise.

      The next Household Labourforce survey will be released on 8 November. I’m expecting a hbif jump from the current 6.8% to – 6.9%? 7%? 7.1%?

      The pressure will really be on Key’s head at that point.

  4. Allan Nigh
    10 October 2012 at 11:52 am

    Never mind welfare reforms. I think its time we started doing what we need to live independently of the system. Negotiate for resources without the middle man – stop involving government agencies in stuff that is none of their business. Under the table wages are the only sensible thing. Cash purchases from farmers. Don’t leave the paper trail and cut them out of the system. Then it doesn’t matter what happens to beneficiaries – we’ll all benefit from a better system without their interference.

  5. RM
    10 October 2012 at 12:01 pm

    cheap imports and puting profit first is so short sighted. or intentional.

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