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Aussie welfare reform needed here- ACT

Aussie welfare reform needed here- ACT

The welfare reforms announced in Australia are needed in New Zealand, ACT Deputy leader and welfare spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

“Australia is tightening up on welfare and actually making changes which will encourage people to get off welfare and into work. Our government prefers to use slogans without the substance.

“Australia has announced a healthy mix of incentives and sanctions, including temporary suspension of benefits for 48 hours for failure to attend job interviews, or two months loss of benefit for three failings in a year.” Dr Newman said.

Dr Newman said New Zealand’s system of sanctions had been gutted by the government, and was now totally ineffective.

“At a time when we have low unemployment, it defies belief that we are spending more on welfare payments to working age people than ever before.”

“It is time for a total overhaul of New Zealand’s welfare system, to focus on temporary assistance, getting people back to work, and saving taxpayers money.” Dr Newman concluded.


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