I'm waiting for Paula to say, "You know who else probably had an arrest warrant, high on drugs without enrolling their kid into 15 hours of early childhood education whilst on a benefit"?
Paula Bennett's 'social obligations' are apparently new rules which only apply to beneficiaries. What happens to a worker who doesn't enroll their child with a GP or 15 hours of early childhood education? Do they lose their working for families tax credit for breaching Paula's social obligations?
No, they don't.
I was surprised how quickly child poverty was replaced by news Apple are launching a new toy this week. When did the iPhone 5 become more important than 270 000 children in poverty? Are the kids not aesthetically pleasing enough?
Pretending everyone on a benefit today would still be on a benefit when they die to manufacture the $78b to frighten voters is a new insult by Bennett but the eye watering consultancy cost of $800 000 was the injury.
How much more will National cost us in consultants over the lifetime of beneficiaries?
The next announcement will be the private company razor gangs who will be spun as 'employment consultants'. These 'employment consultants' will be paid a bonus for removing a beneficiary from welfare by either getting them a job, or use the new range of disqualifications outlined by Paula.
Finding work in a 6.8% unemployment environment is hard, so expect bonuses to be paid for finding reasons to disqualify beneficiaries.
Welcome to the new socio-economic Darwinism.