Government Aids Export Of Job Seekers To Oz
4 December 2012 MEDIA
Government Aids Export Of Job Seekers To
Revelations today that taxpayers are picking
up the tab for unemployed Kiwis to fly to Australia to take
up job offers is further proof that the Government has no
interest in creating work opportunities here, Labour’s
Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“John Key campaigned on stopping the flood of Kiwis
moving to Australia. Not only has he failed that test - we
now have record numbers of New Zealanders heading across the
ditch - his Minister of Social Development is facilitating
it, with the ‘transition to work’ grant being used to
pay for beneficiaries’ passports and flights.
Bennett couldn’t confirm in the House today just how many
job seekers Work and Income staff might have bought one-way
tickets across the ditch for. However, she ‘hoped’ it
wasn’t common practice.
“Hoping isn’t going to
change that fact that roughly 6000 people move off the
benefit each year to move overseas, some of whom have
apparently done so with help from Ms Bennett.
makes a lie of the promise to reduce the number of people
shifting across the Tasman.
“The ‘wave goodbye to
your taxes, not your loved ones’ slogan rings pretty
hollow when we have a Government that believes unemployed
Kiwis are better off leaving New Zealand because it has
given up on finding work for them.
“Put bluntly we
now have a Government that is supporting the export of Kiwis
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