Need to smokescreen plans to mine conservation land? BASH THE BENNIE TIME!
Govt announces tougher welfare criteria
The Government has announced it will toughen criteria for people to receive a benefit. Prime Minister John Key announced today that the Government would try to encourage beneficiaries to work with making policy changes to start in October.
The key changes are:
* Compulsory part-time work for single parents on the domestic purposes benefit when their child reaches six and for people on the sickness benefit deemed capable of part-time work.
* Allowing Work and Income case managers to cut benefits by half as a sanction, followed by a full suspension then a cancellation.
* Employment benefits limited to a year. Beneficiaries must reapply after a year with a comprehensive work assessment.
* More frequent assessments of people on a sickness benefit, with the first two medical assessments only good for four weeks each, and a compulsory reassessment after 12 months.
Don't you LOVE their timing? The day after the Government announces they will mine precious conservation land, National call a press conference to play out one of NZ's favourite cultural past times - BASH THE FILTHY BENNIE.
Last week National claimed there were $140 billion worth of minerals in NZ based on disputed figures given to them by a Mining lobbyist - THIS WEEK National now claim there's $194 Billion - where did Gerry pull the extra $54 billion out of? His arse?
By the end of the month National will claim there's a Trillion Billion infinity plus one dollars worth of magical money under dem dere hills. It's a bare faced lie that will all get ignored now National have thrown some raw meat bash the bennie policy out to the media in a desperate hope they can smokescreen the mining of conservation land issue.
It also looks like Nikki Kaye's position is less principled than first reported, turns out she had discussed it with Key yesterday...
Kaye says she discussed mining opposition with Key
Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye and Prime Minister John Key say they discussed Ms Kaye's opposition to mining on Great Barrier Island before she went public with her views last night.
...this smells funny now. National's strategy is to oversell the value and fold on one symbolic mining site they don't have much intention of mining to make it look like they are being moderate while pushing ahead with the rest of the mining agenda.