Greens say go ahead and rort the system

The Greens plan to repeal “excessive” benefit sanctions.

[…]  Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni thinks the disclosure rule is “discriminatory against sole parents”, while furnishing in the cynical cloak of identity politics: “97.7 per cent of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8 per cent Maori.”

Both parties can usually be counted on to fawn over any United Nations Convention, yet they conveniently choose to ignore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which unequivocally states that children have the right to know his or her parents.

The latest government figures indicate 13,000 mothers drawing a sole-parent benefit have been sanctioned for refusing to name the biological father.

Thirteen thousand.  That’s 13,000 men not taking any responsibility for the children they have fathered.  And 13,000 children who don’t have the opportunity to have their Dad interested in their life.

Over 100 of those mothers have had at least four children. Even more bizarrely, there are 300 men on a sole-parent benefit having their welfare payments docked for playing dumb who the mother is.

Um…..  ok maybe I slept a little during Biology class, but how can a father not know who the mother of his child is?

Anyone who parents a child should be held financially accountable, particularly when we shell out over a $1 billion on the sole-parent benefit alone, in addition to the billions lavished on the accommodation supplement.

It’s clear many parents are stiffing the taxpayer by doing a no-names deal, whereby the mother drawing welfare won’t divulge the father’s name to the state, on the proviso that the he flicks her some regular cash payments, on the sly.

Stand by for that great rort to go forth and multiply, because the repeal of the non-disclosure sanctions will substantially incentivise feckless fathers to strike an “under the table” payment arrangement, to avoid the official child support regime.[…]

[…]  In addition to the 13,000 non-disclosure benefit sanctions, nearly 15,000 other beneficiaries had their welfare payments reduced in September for breaching their work obligations, like attending arranged appointments.

The Greens are now on the warpath to repeal all “excessive sanctions”, suggesting the long shadow of Metiria Turei is undeservedly getting the last laugh, while the taxpayer gets royally screwed.

fraud metiria turei

It’s a gratuitous leftie overreach that will rile middle ground voters. I’m staggered that New Zealand First hasn’t scuppered it.

Where is Winston?

And it’s precisely the type of policy change that will ensure Labour doesn’t pocket the 10 to 15 per cent honeymoon bounce in the polls that’s typically showered on new governments.

Add to that Jacinda Ardern’s blinkered crusade over Manus Island and Labour will be lucky to get beyond 40 per cent party vote support in the next round of polling.

It’s a long and ever-growing list of things this Government is doing that will make life worse for struggling families.  Particularly families that are working hard and doing their best to do the right thing and provide for their children.


This post was written by Intern staff

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