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

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news