Paula Bennett becomes Big Sister
Bennett gets tough with outspoken solo mums
Details of state benefits received by two solo mothers have been made public by the Government after the pair criticised cutbacks to a training allowance. Staff from Social Development Minister Paula Bennett's office gave the Herald a tally of each woman's weekly income from the state - including benefits and other allowances - after the women spoke out in the Herald on Sunday and Labour used their stories in Parliament last week. The details were handed over without the knowledge of the mothers, Jennifer Johnston and Natasha Fuller.
The message is clear, anyone who dares question the Government’s slash and burn of social welfare will get dealt to by Big Sister, especially if it points out that Big Sister benefited from the very benefit she is slashing.
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