Parliament

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

 

Work for the dole no replacement for real jobs

Work for the dole no replacement for real jobs

The National Party is right to say that social welfare should be thought of as a temporary safety net for people between jobs and training - but work for the dole is no replacement for real jobs says Progressive Deputy Leader Matt Robson MP.

"Katherine Rich told Radio New Zealand this morning that she believed in the 'old' concept of welfare, where it is a safety net for the few. That is fine but it would be very rich to think that band-aid, work-for-the dole programmes and punitive time-limits on benefits are any kind of strategy to significantly lift all of our unemployed into high paying jobs.

"The architects of the old welfare net system established in the boom years after World War II could never have envisaged the massive changes to economic policy in the 1980s and 1990s.

"What New Zealand experienced in the 1980s and 1990s was an explosion in unemployment and welfare dependency. Roger Douglas and Richard Prebble in the 1980s, and National in the 1990s, oversaw mass unemployment become a social and economic norm," he added.

"The center-left coalition elected late in 1999 has achieved success at getting people into employment, but much more needs to be done to reverse the culture of failure of the past.

"Welfare dependency has fallen under the center-left coalition elected in 1999 because regional and economic development policies have facilitated a significant 132,000 rise in employment, but it isn't enough. There still aren't enough jobs for everyone who is out of work.

"Now that National and ACT recognise how good the policies of this coalition are, they should reflect on the bankruptcy of ‘work for the dole’ because that is a surrender strategy. Anyone who wants work- for- the- dole is giving up on creating jobs, Matt Robson MP said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election