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Jobs Jolt a joke

Judith Collins National Party Welfare Spokeswoman

3 February 2005

Jobs Jolt a joke

National's Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says Steve Maharey's Jobs Jolt scheme has been proven a joke.

According to the quarterly evaluation report, of the $455,000 spent on the Cyber Communities initiative, more than $100,000 was spent on one national project management position alone.

"It looks as though the only person to gain anything from the initiative was a senior bureaucrat," says Ms Collins.

The report also says that none of the 42 Cyber Communities participants who were on a benefit had exited the benefit by June 2004.

"The initiative has quite clearly been of absolutely no use to beneficiaries, at substantial cost to the taxpayer. By the end of June 2004, not one person in that initiative had come off the benefit.

"This is a joke, and another one of Steve Maharey's ill-conceived ideas. The savings he predicted have never come to pass, and taxpayers deserve an explanation as to why," says Ms Collins.

"He said his Jobs Jolt would deliver 22,000 new jobs in three years. Half-way through, less than 1,800 had come off the benefit."


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