Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Government WINZ Response PR Exercise As Predicted

The Government’s response to the damning Hunn Report into WINZ is a weak PR Exercise that simply re-states initiatives already announced, according to ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman.

“Under his leadership, Steve Maharey said that the culture of extravagance in WINZ would go – nothing has changed. He said that Christine Rankin should go – yet she is leading his fresh start. That there would be a greater employment focus for WINZ –the total employment funding for WINZ remained static in the budget,” she said.

“The key problem remains. The culture of WINZ and its ongoing problems will not change while Christine Rankin is in charge. The Minister knows this but his own attacks on Ms Rankin mean it would cost taxpayers a seven figure payout to remove her. Behind the Minister’s PR terms like “fundamental change”, “new beginning” and “significant new start” this PR Exercise has no credibility. The fact that Ms Rankin and Mr Maharey didn’t face the media together at today’s launch speaks volumes,” she said.

“The Government’s response is a total contradiction in terms. Instead of an ‘increased focus on employment’ for WINZ the Minister has pulled out the single biggest employment programme, Community Employment and transferred it to the Department of Labour. That has removed a significant amount of funding and flexibility for the Regional Commissioners,” she said.

Dr Newman said details of the Government’s plans in welfare remain confused and sketchy with increased bureaucracy at every level.

“The major problem with WINZ has been its corporate style championed by Chief Executive Christine Rankin. Ms Rankin was also responsible for WINZ emphasis on its Income Support role at the expense of its employment role,” said Muriel Newman.

“The Minister’s claimed initiative to move to greater employment flexibility and responsibility for Regional Commissioners was the previous Government’s plan when WINZ was created. However, this did not happen because WINZ set up was not a merger of employment and income support but a take-over by income support. As the Hunn Report concluded the employment expertise and focus was lost because of this take-over,” she said.

“The Minister has simply tried to claim responsibility for initiatives already in place or signalled. His self proclaimed ‘probity project’ was started by Christine Rankin herself in July 1999 after the charter flight incident,” said Muriel Newman.
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>

 
 

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels