Homelessness is a choice

Labour is promising to eradicate homelessness. Why?

The Labour Party will promise today to “eradicate” homelessness through its root causes, including helping teenagers to find somewhere to live if they can’t get on with their parents.

The party’s policy for the homeless, to be unveiled in Hamilton today by housing spokeswoman Moana Mackey, will also propose tighter regulation and a mandatory register for boarding houses.

Labour recently pushed for an inquiry into boarding houses by Parliament’s social services select committee after Ms Mackey found what she called “disgusting” conditions in some Wellington boarding houses. But the inquiry was cut short when Parliament rose for the election.

Ms Mackey, a Gisborne-based list MP, said there was no coherent policy on homelessness because the issue fell between agencies such as Housing NZ, the Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Building and Housing.

So let me get this straight. Labour was in government for 9 years and not a squeak was made about homelessness. Now they are in opposition it is urgent and requires attention.

In modern New Zealand with a gold plated welfare state the only reason there is homelessness is through choice. Plain and simple it has to be choice. It is either through lifestyle choices and addictions that result from that, but choice nonetheless or just plain reticence to seek assistance. Either way it is still through choice.

Another b.s. policy launch from Labour, desperate to appear relevant, yet proving they aren’t.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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