BASH THE FILTHY BENNIE AGAIN
Cancel dole after year, says Bennett
The Government is considering cancelling unemployment benefits after a year and forcing beneficiaries to reapply. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett unveiled the radical proposal a day after revelations that 300 long-term beneficiaries are receiving more than $1000 a week from the taxpayer. It was revealed yesterday that the Harris family in Christchurch had received unemployment and sickness benefits for 25 years and recently received special-needs grants from Work and Income to fence their swimming pool and put new tyres on their 2007 Chrysler saloon. The Harris family, which has links to gang activity dating back to the 1970s, receives $1000 a week from the taxpayer and has been given more than $30,000 in special-needs grants since 2000. Former gang leader Darryl Harris, who has been on a benefit since 1984, was jailed in 1991 for the shooting of two Highway 61 gang members. Ms Bennett said yesterday that she was planning changes, including a proposal to cancel the unemployment benefit of any beneficiary after 12 months.
Genius move by Bennett - GENIUS! Highlight the most expensive welfare families (even if $20 per kid per day isn't riding the pigs back), have the criminal details of one of the families leaked to the media, stir in some talkhate radio pap and hey presto we've got all beneficiaries facing one years dole. It's just so simplistic, so easy to manipulate our national hobby of bennie bashing, it goes alongside our other favourite national past times like alcoholism and domestic violence. Fronted by the poster girl for National Party solo mum tough love, we are once again allowing knee jerk emotive stoked hatred to justify sweeping hard right economic policy as social policy.
We have 40 million sheep. 4 million can vote.