Parliament

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

 

Maharey's Programme Will Only 'Make Work'

Maharey's Programme Will Only 'Make Work' For Officials

Steve Maharey's Community Employment Organisations (CEOs) programme is just more evidence of his flim-flam and hypocrisy, National's Social Services spokesperson Bob Simcock said today.

"In recent months the Minister has justified the destruction of the Community Work scheme by saying officials are better off spending time getting people into real jobs than supervising 'make work schemes'.

"But the CEOs programme is just one more reshuffle of existing activity to no particular benefit.

"Like all schemes it will offer temporary 'employment' in 'jobs' that can only be sustained through Government subsidy - what Mr Maharey used to deride as 'make work schemes'.

"A subsidised job providing low cost lunches to children in low decile schools under the CEO scheme is no different from a subsidised job providing low cost fire wood to low-income families under the Community Work scheme.

"Mr Maharey is making people do a lot of work rearranging things so he can justify his wish to be seen to be making a difference even if that difference is totally illusory.

"All of this 'make work' activity for officials avoids the real issue that Mr Maharey refuses to deal with. There are a large number of 'real' jobs out there for low skilled people, but there are also a large number of unemployed people who choose not to take those jobs.

"Reshuffling the 'make work' schemes won't solve that problem. And because Mr Maharey is afraid of upsetting beneficiary advocate groups we are unlikely to see any 'real' solutions soon," Bob Simcock said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>

 

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election