Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Is Maharey Debunking Myths Or Making Them?

In recent weeks, the Minister has been attempting to use statistics to debunk "myths" surrounding the DPB. He knows that there is growing unease amongst voters across the political spectrum about the social and economic problem that the DPB has become.

He repeatedly claims, as do other politicians, that the average time spent on the DPB is 3.7 years. What he has omitted to add is that this is per spell on the DPB, not per individual. WINZ figures currently show that 4123 of the people that went off the DPB in 2000 have already signed back on.

He has also been downplaying the teenage element of DPB recipients because it is only 2.7%. The majority of teenagers however, are under 18, single and are not eligible for the DPB. Even if we could be persuaded to be comfortable with 2.7%, it must be acknowledged that the majority of teenagers that go on the DPB stay on it.

Mr Maharey would like us to envisage a picture of a typical DPB recipient as a female leaving a relationship and temporarily using the benefit till she can find work. Some do fit this bill but we have no way of knowing how many. Nor do we know how many are habitually 'on and off' the DPB. What we do know is that over 14,000 women have declined naming the father of their child to WINZ. One can only speculate as to whether they will decline the same information to their child.

Mr Maharey has rightly reflected on the lack of research available about DPB beneficiaries. If we are to be accurate and objective about seeking a solution to this modern day phenomenon, we must stop propagandising the issue.

Lindsay Mitchell
Campaigners for the Abolition of the DPB
phone: 04 562 7944
e mail: DandL.Mitchell@clear.net.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news