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Anti poverty group to picket PM’s Budget business lunch

Media release – Friday 17 May
Anti poverty group to picket PM’s Budget business lunch

Auckland Action Against Poverty is holding a picket at 11am today at Vector Arena where John Key will be speaking about the Budget to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

“Key, English and their mates are simply turning this country into a millionaire’s playground,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Sarah Thompson.

“Their latest Budget entrenches the recycling of low income people on and off the benefit, and into and out of state houses.

“In 2011 they promised cumulative job growth of 92,000 by the time of this Budget. Instead we've seen a mere 27,000.

“Employing 354 more Work and Income staff to hound people who already want to work will do nothing to alter this failure when the real solution is decent job creation now.

“Bill English said earlier this week that 'we don't believe there is a solution to poverty in general'.

“His Budget demonstrates the sad truth of this with a total absence of any substantive measures to decrease poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Auckland Action Against Poverty invites everyone who shares our disgust at National’s continuing attacks on those living in poverty to join us on a picket today. Media welcome.

11.00am Friday 17 May – Vector Arena, Auckland - Picket of John Key who is speaking about the Budget to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle at 11.30am.


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