Shearer’s latest lose-lose

The latest members’ bill ballot has just taken place.  Three bills have been pulled – of course none are from National.  That aside, the third bill to be pulled was Catherine Delahunty’s Income Tax (Universalisation of In-work Tax Credit) Amendment Bill.  The bill seeks to apply

The upside is that Delahunty’s bill will cause all matter of grief within the Labour caucus as they try to decide whether to go with stated 2011 election policy or discard it under Shearer’s leadership.  The purpose of the bill is to to allow beneficiary parents access to the in-work payment that is part of Working for Families.  This amounts to $60 a week.  Putting aside how bizarre that sounds – giving an in-work payment to someone not working – the Greens have created a stunning dilemma for Shearer and Labour.  Well, Shearer mainly.

You see this policy was Labour party policy at the 2012 election.  Then Deputy Leader of Labour, Annette King commented extensively on it:

Ms King says the in-work credit “stigmatises” beneficiary families, undervalues the importance of parenting and keeps poor families’ incomes unnecessarily low.

Shearer’s dilemma is whether he discard the policy in a drive for the centre (well, sometimes centre-right) ground and appeal to voters – and in the process alienate his volunteer and activist base.  Or does Shearer cave in to the Labour activist base and ensure Labour has another term in Opposition by pissing off the centre voters.


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • cows4me

    With luck this bill will split the lunatic socialists. Gay marriage and now giving wff payments to unemployed families may be the straw that breaks the camels back. Does Sheep Shagger stick to his insane lefty ideals or does he realise this will be the death knell of his 2014 election hopes. The insuring bum fight between these ideological numskulls will be a delight to behold.

  • AnonWgtn

    Let the shit fight begin !

  • Neil

    One of the most stupid private member’s bills I’ve heard of…..

  • Harry

    National’s big picture plan of submitting very few Members’ bills themselves and letting the opposition submit all their divisive and special interest bills and betting on them getting pulled out of the ballot is starting to pay off for them.

    The latest, of couse, is this bill by Delahunty. I mean what a clusterfuck of an idea. This bill is going to be much more of a menace for Labour/the Greens than the govt. The former have just shot themselves in the foot again and all the govt needs to do is absolutely nothing, and (in theory) get on with creating some conditions to at least ride the coming worldwide depression for workers as well as non workers.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Under MMP, 2014 Sheep shearer is a clear winner. So why won’t he support this bill? Tone down your attack on Shearer who is working for the benefits of the poor people.

    • 2ndAmendment

      Under MMP 4% Colin Craig (thank GOD) is a clear winner, and so is a National+Conservative coalition.

  • tarkwin

    Why don’t the Greens stick to tree hugging? Every time they try socialism they just look stupid.

  • thor42

    If Shearer and Liarbore support this bill, they are ***dog tucker*** at the next election.
    This bill means that bludgers would get more money.
    It is that simple.
    This is *gold* for the Nats.

  • 2ndAmendment

    allow beneficiary parents

    to allow bludger parents/

    Bludger. The word is bludger.