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Bad day Steve?

Obviously John Tamihere is making Steve Maharey hypersensitive because his latest press release is so full of errors he seems to have lost his grasp, says Social Services Spokesperson Katherine Rich.

"National hasn't proposed a no-choice system of compulsory immunization. We're talking about a programme where parents who seek support from the State will be required to make an active choice whether they immunize or not.

"The Minister says National calls income related rents stupid. So does John Tamihere. With a waiting list of 11,000 people and annual turnover rates dropping from 32% to as low as 8% in some areas, Labour should admit it has no chance of providing housing for those in genuine need.

"Steve Maharey shows how out of touch he is when he says all DPB recipients are teenage mothers. Teen mothers are a small group who need special attention. That's why National is researching UK programmes which provide supported accommodation for young mothers and continuing education as a requirement of state support.

"Contrary to the Minister's hallucinations, benefit cuts are not National's agenda. Considering time limits for certain benefits is. The Minister continues to give the impression that he was mortally offended by National's changes to benefit levels in the 1990s. If that's the case why hasn't he restored them?

"National has put work for the dole back on the agenda because these programmes overseas have had much success, and we are open to hearing about those successes," said Mrs Rich.

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