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Random Thoughts on Random Things #4…

The latest “stroke of genius” from a government that has no other practical solutions to unemployment…


Welfare cuts for almost 100 fugitives

By Isaac Davison @Isaac_Davison

4:36 PM Tuesday Sep 24, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. Photo / Janna Dixon

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. Photo / Janna Dixon

Nearly 100 beneficiaries on the run from police have had their welfare cut in the six weeks since the policy was introduced, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said today.

As part of the Government’s wide-ranging welfare reforms, a beneficiary on an outstanding arrest warrant for more than 28 days was given ten days to clear the warrant.

If they did not, they had their welfare cut, or up to half of it if they were a parent with dependent children.

Source: NZ Herald


Because nothing will increasingly push people, who are already marginalised, further into committing desperate acts to survive than by removing any meagre life-support they might have access to.

And note this:  “welfare cut, or up to half of it if they were a parent with dependent children”.

So National policy will make desperate people even more desperate and force their children – who had no part to play in their circumstances – into  further marginalised, deprived, edges of society?!

Congratulations, New Zealand. We’re firmly on course for hitting rock bottom when  government policies wilfully  criminalise children before they’re even old enough to know what the f**k is going on around them.

Are we proud of ourselves yet?!?!

I simply point-blank refuse to believe that there are no viable, sensible – and compassionate! – alternatives to National’s hideousness.

This evil must be stopped by the next government.




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  1. Jo
    21 October 2013 at 3:37 pm

    So you think it;s okay that people with warrants to arrest (criminals) should be receiving benefits. THey have more than 30 days to deal with the warrant before any sanctions hit.

    • 23 October 2013 at 12:51 pm

      You haven’t thought it through, have you, Jo?

      1. Cutting benefits to people with outstanding warrants, with children, penalises the children probably more than the adults. Is there any particular reason why children should be made to suffer the alleged sins of their parents?

      2. Cutting benefits to people with outstanding warrants makes desperate people even more desperate. At least with the meagre benefit they can still buy food for themselves. If you cut that, a hungry man (or woman) will inevitably resort to desperate measures to survive.

      3. Cutting benefits to people with outstanding warrants even though they have not necessarily been convicted of anything.

      The next person to burgle your home may go for your fridge and pantry rather than a flatscreen TV.

      Once again, this is a government targetting those at the bottom of the socio-economic heap. (While directors of failed finance companies are either given light sentences or not even prosecuted at all, and $6 billion in tax fraud continues.)

      Just a few points to consider. Unintentional consequences and all that stuff.

      • Jo
        23 October 2013 at 1:02 pm

        If they deal with the WTA there are no consequences. The children will not suffer if the parents do what they’re supposed to. Surely any parents(or anyone) worthy of the name will not want a WTA over their heads. IMHO.

        I have thought it through, I had to when I was on the support line for the benefit changes. It was the least asked questions by those who rang.

        • 7 November 2013 at 10:39 am

          You really see things in black and white, don’t you Jo?? You’re missing the point entirely and refusing to understand that kids are not responsible for their parent’s actions and yet Bennett is willing to enact laws that will harm them.

          This is yet more persecution of the most vulnerable in our society and you’re giving tacit agreement to a policy that is short-sighted and dangerous. Perhaps you should try living on welfare for a change, it might wake your ideas up a bit.

          • Jo
            7 November 2013 at 1:21 pm

            I can’t my husband apparantly earns too much. I see things black and white because it’s just that simple. If you stay on the straight and narrow you don’t get a WTA and therefore no problem. See simple.Since when are criminals vulnerable?

  2. Priss
    12 November 2013 at 11:43 am

    I think he was referring to children being vulnerable, not “criminals”, Jo. And an outstanding warrant is just that – outstanding. The person hasn’t been convicted of anything and hence can’t be called a “criminal”.

    What this does is deprive people of food and drives them to desperation. I don’t think you’ve considered that.

    It’s a shame your view of the world is so black and white. That’s quite sad in a world that is more shades of gray than mono-coloured.

  1. 12 December 2013 at 11:22 am

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