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Maharey Ruins Job Opportunities

Friday 4th Feb 2000

Muriel Newman

Media Release -- Other

Minster of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey has crippled the ability of WINZ to provide adequate job opportunities, says ACT employment spokesman Dr Muriel Newman.

Dr Newman was responding to Steve Maharey's decision to demolish an external WINZ Advisory Board made up of New Zealand business experts.

"The board was designed to allow WINZ management access to first class advice. This advice was used to provide jobs and the most effective training opportunities possible for unemployed New Zealanders.

"Steve Maharey tried to justify his decision by stating the board has cost taxpayers $23,679, however he has failed to mention the average unemployment benefit for a 20-24 year old is $7,538.96.

"This means that if, as a result of the Board's activities, only four young people get jobs, the Board will have contributed more than it spent.

"This is just another example of Steve Maharey putting his anti-business beliefs ahead of the welfare of New Zealanders who need it most," said Dr Newman.

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