Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Fraud Crackdown flawed says Maori Party

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Tariana Turia
Maori Party Co-Leader | MP for Te Tai Hauauru
Wednesday 20 February 2013

Fraud Crackdown flawed says Maori Party

The Maori Party believes National’s welfare fraud attack has the emphasis all wrong. Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows announced a crack down on the partners of welfare cheats earlier today.

“We have always appreciated the ‘agree to disagree’ provisions that we negotiated into our Relationship Accord–it enables us to have the kōrero, and then to develop our respective positions,” said Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia.

“While we welcomed the Minister’s approach to discussions with us about the proposed approach to this issue we believe the proposals are fundamentally inconsistent with the Maori Party’s focus on justice reinvestment – that is reinvesting in strategies that can strengthen neighbourhoods. To this end, we can not support the proposals launched today.

“We should be focusing on lifting people out of poverty, and off the benefit - not punishing them for their circumstance.

“We need to be placing faith in our families to be resilient and future–focused. They need the right support in place so that they don’t have to stoop to criminal activity in order to place food on the table and provide a decent standard of life for their families.

“The Maori Party believes in restorative approaches – not punitive measures which end up leaving people disempowered and resentful.

“If consistency is valued, we wonder why the same rules being introduced today don’t apply to the partners of failed finance companies directors or anyone living off the benefits of their marriage to a white collar criminal.

“What sort of double standard applies if some individuals committing fraud are targeted and others are let off scot free?

“We certainly do not condone relationship fraud – where a person misrepresents their relationship status to receive income support. But it is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ problem. For instance we have argued vehemently that individuals who find themselves pressured by an abusive partner into concealing the nature of their relationship must not be further penalised by these measures.

“The Maori Party will never support legislation that promotes punitive measures as the solution. Working constructively with families is a far more effective approach to address the complexity of circumstances many of our families find themselves in.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news