Silly little girl, Jacinda Ardern, strolled down to the house yesterday to continue on with her “gotcha” against Paula Bennett. Where yesterday she got a slap, today she got the full body splash and ‘earthquake‘ from the minister.
As you can see the silly little girl got slammed…and scored an own goal on the way through:
At least 20 beneficiaries have received taxpayer money to travel to Australia after finding work there, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said in Parliament today.
Labour party social development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern first raised the issue in Parliament yesterday when she asked the minister how many times the Transition to Work grant had been used by Work and Income to purchase tickets to Australia for job seekers who found work there.
Bennett confirmed in Parliament today that the grant had been used to purchase plane tickets to Australia six times in the last year and 16 times in 2007, the first year it came into effect, and a year when Labour was in government.
What is even more pathetic is Trevor Mallard had to pull his broken frame to his feet and try and rescue the silly little girl.
Cactus Kate was right when she blogged about this:
I do not know what sort of strategic genius advised that Jacinda Ardern highlight the possibility that Paula Bennett is in charge of a Ministry that exports beneficiaries to Australia, but it is dog whistle politics at its most awesome. ¬†Perhaps Ardern thought of it all herself.
Isn’t she in favour of beneficiaries bettering themselves? ¬†Why shouldn’t they get a grant to go over to Australia to make a new start?
Watch Bennett take the long handle yet again to Ardern and have her use up supplementary after supplementary as the National Party appeal to popular voter support.
And all under a grant that the Labour Party passed into law.
Up to $1,500 maximum a time for childcare and clothing, sending beneficiaries one way to Australia makes financial sense.
I’m not sure what Labour is trying to achieve here…most people would think that spending $1500 to export a bludger was a real bargain. Lindsay Mitchell wonders what Labour is on about too, she thinks Labour is trying to say to people they should stay on the dole.
An illogical sentiment abounds about keeping the unemployed domiciled here, as if they are worth more as potential employers than as an unemployed cost. Beyond the silliness of that, if someone can find work in Australia and be productive and satisfied, why hold them down on an unemployment benefit here? It makes no sense.
Another storm in a teacup manufactured by airhead Ardern.