“Labour Party has no intentions to overhaul our welfare system”

Ricardo Menéndez March is at 10 on the Green Party list for this election. On current polling he is unlikely to get into Parliament.

He has been active in social media promoting Greens versus the world.

No questions asked universal welfare is one of the things that got Greens into trouble last election, with Metiria Turei’s admission she had fiddled the welfare system when a beneficiary, which resulted in her exit from Parliament and Green support plummeting.

The Greens did succeed inn getting the Welfare Expert Advisory Group set up and do a report, but most of the 42 recommendations have been ignored by the Government.

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff December 2019): Where is the Government’s landmark welfare report?

The Government’s landmark report into fixing New Zealand’s welfare system reported back in February, with recommendations published in May. 

The Government accepted changes worth $285.8 million over four years, roughly 1 per cent of what the group recommended, which worked out to be $5.2 billion a year.

The report appears to have been quietly shown the door, with a long-awaited Cabinet paper from November promising some mid and long term goals, but no funding to plug gaps in the short-term, beyond the $285.8 million already pledged.

Dr. Susan St John described the paper as quietly interring the WEAG report, after months of Government prevarication.

Jacinda Ardern’s current popularity is not due to her Government’s failure to address welfare reform, nor for her Government’s failure to do much significant about one of Ardern’s supposed priorities, child poverty, which is inextricable linked with welfare.

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11 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  4th August 2020

    The Greens are rowing their own …boat.

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    • artcroft

       /  4th August 2020

      They need another strategy then cos they’ve got a mountain to climb.

      Reply
  2. John J Harrison

     /  4th August 2020

    Most Labour and Green supporters are thrilled with the rapidly burgeoning recipients of our overly generous welfare system.
    The recipients have overwhelmingly accepted that it is no longer a safety net but a life long hammock.
    Too lazy to look for a job our country is required to rely on hard working back packers to pick our fruit, harvest our crops and wait on tables.
    New Zealand is now a man made heaven for lazy socialists MP’s who know the increasing number of beneficiaries will keep them in the style they have become accustomed for life.

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    • Griff.

       /  4th August 2020

      Feel free to find some facts.
      Like the number of long term beneficiaries
      Oops that’s right
      Who needs reality when you can just spurt gibberish nonsense?

      The major proportion of welfare is super
      It’s the right that will not address that as it eats into their support base.

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      • Griff.

         /  4th August 2020

        Oh look the right wing down tick reality.
        Am I surprised?
        Nope.
        Because the right wing live in lala land and talk a load of smeggng rubbish .
        That is why I personalty no longer identity as “right wing.”
        IF your word view is based on easy proven garbage you are A FUCKIN NUT BAR.

        https://www.interest.co.nz/news/100033/budget-2019-social-welfare

        TOTAL NZ BUDGET WELFARE 27,828.6
        NZ SUPER IS 15,488.1 OF THAT AMOUNT .
        That means it is a fact.
        More than half of our welfare payments are for super.

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        • Griff.

           /  4th August 2020

          ROFL
          Right wing nut bars prove they can not cope with the real world and facts yet again .

          Most and Green supporters are thrilled with the rapidly burgeoning recipients of our overly generous welfare system.
          The recipients have overwhelmingly accepted that it is no longer a safety net but a life long hammock.

          Actual provable fact…. not empty RWNJ gibbering .
          Super makes up more than half our total welfare spend.
          Boomers are NZ’s major benie bludgers and they will never allow government to rein in their greed.
          The greedy boomer generation fuckers are expecting the younger generation to continue to pay more tax to prop up their privileged retirement lifestyles.

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  3. David

     /  4th August 2020

    Ardern,s popularity is too a large part in that she hasnt changed anything all that much.

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    • Blazer

       /  4th August 2020

      Got your vote…then.

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    • Corky

       /  4th August 2020

      Apparently Labour are doing the Biden thing…separating the mainplayer ( Jacinda) from the Labour Party so she doesn’t become tainted.

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    • Duker

       /  4th August 2020

      Thats because its only something 5% of the budget is within the governments ability to allocate as it wishes.

      Reply

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