Drivel doesn't justify high cost of WINZ review
Recycled drivel doesn't justify high cost of WINZ
"Steve Maharey should be embarrassed by his insipid
response to the Hunn report on management structures within
WINZ," says National's spokesperson on Work and Income,
"When Mr Maharey first met with Christine
Rankin he emerged saying they'd put the past behind them and
he'd clearly outlined his 'expectations' of her. Six months
and an expensive review later he's saying exactly the same
"The only piece of new information Mr Maharey has
provided as a result of the costly report is that he intends
to give increased flexibility to WINZ's Regional
"That comes less than a week after he
disempowered those Regional Commissioners by stripping the
Community Employment Group away from WINZ and placing it
under the Department of Labour. That move has stripped
regional WINZ offices of $26 million in funding, and a
significant tool for creating jobs locally.
comments in today's report make his intense posturing when
he was in opposition even more laughable. This isn't the
"fundamental change" he claims it to be, it's tinkering of
the lowest order," Ms Vernon says.
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