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


ACT Condemns $20 Vision for Beneficiaries

ACT's Welfare spokesperson Muriel Newman said today "the Alliance's tax policy which promises beneficiaries an extra 20 dollars a week, offers no hope and no vision for New Zealanders who need real jobs."

"The Alliance's tax policy will do nothing to promote economic growth and more jobs for this country," said Muriel Newman.

"Jim Anderton and his party has again taken the soft option, instead of providing real solutions the Alliance simply plans to continue to throw taxpayers money at problems that have been embedded in our welfare system for years."

"The question must be asked what is the Alliance really trying to achieve? 20 dollars a week wouldn't even buy an extra meal for most family's living on a benefit. It's a band aid over the gaping wounds in the Welfare system."

"An extra 20 dollars a week for those genuinely incapable of supporting themselves isn't going to change a thing, assistance should be generous enough to provide a decent quality of living."

"ACT's policies have a clear direction, infrastructure can be put in place to insure the welfare system becomes a safety net not a way of life."

" ACT is the only party willing to give a practical hand up to beneficiaries on the breadline." Said Dr Muriel Newman.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news