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


ACT – Getting New Zealanders Working Again

Job creation and welfare assistance targeted to meet the needs of individuals and give a ‘hand-up’ to work have today been launched as ACT New Zealand’s policies to get New Zealanders off welfare and back into work.

Launching ACT’s Welfare to Work policy at Otara’s Rangatira Trust today ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said that as a small country New Zealand cannot afford the waste and lost potential of 163,000 working-age New Zealanders out of work and on a benefit.

“The human cost is crippling and the failure to tackle unemployment is costing taxpayers $30 million per week.

“New Zealand’s current unemployment rate is too high. That is why job creation is our key goal. ACT understands that the majority of jobs in New Zealand are created by small and medium sized businesses. ACT has the policies to enable our businesses to create real jobs.

“That goes hand in hand with our policy to give New Zealanders a hand up into work. We say those on a benefit deserve better than a hand out. That is why ACT stands out from all the other parties. We reject Labour and National’s tired approach. We reject the Alliance’s $20 vision for people on benefits.

“ACT’s Welfare to Work policy is about breaking the cycle of dependency. It is time for the courage to change. It is time we gave New Zealanders a hand up, not just a hand out.

“ACT will help them overcome the barriers and get them working again. “There are excellent community-run programmes around the country that are achieving outstanding results. These programmes are focused on the needs of individual job-seekers and that is why they are succeeding. The ‘one size fits all’ approach to out-of-work New Zealanders is unfair and is not working.

“ACT says it’s time to set goals to get New Zealanders working again. That is a full-time commitment,” said Muriel Newman.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news