Another diversionary double standard
Social Development Spokesperson
Another diversionary double
A supposed crack down on benefit fraud is
nothing more than a cynical move to take the heat off the
government, and is seriously flawed said Labour’s Social
Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
announcement is pure politicking. It’s a diversionary
tactic to take the pressure off National’s dodgy Sky City
"Quite frankly, I am sick of seeing welfare used as
a whipping boy. I'm equally tired of the double standards
the Government applies to fraud."
“Of course we should
pursue people who abuse social security. But we should take
the same approach with those who misuse the tax system - the
magnitude of that fraud is significant and is just as
“The facts speak for themselves: Relationship
fraud amounts to around $20 million a year. The Inland
Revenue Department estimates tax ‘discrepancies’ amount
to over $1.2 billion a year, while annual tax fraud is $141
million ‘at an absolute minimum’.
“Victoria University researchers have
found tax evasion is up to 150 times more likely than
"So why are we treating the partners of
those who commit benefit fraud differently to tax fraud and
white collar crime?
“Some of the planned changes could
also make benefit fraud investigation less efficient by
unfairly pursuing the wrong people.
“Talking tough has
become a trait of this Government. It should stop playing
politics and start tackling the real issues.”
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