Outrage in Australia over welfare payments for Muslims in polygamous marriages

Despite the fact that polygamy is illegal in Australia, their welfare organisation is paying out benefits for?Muslims in polygamous marriages.

Conservative MP Cory Bernardi says the payment of Centrelink spousal benefits to the wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad.

The Daily Telegraph reports today that Centrelink has opted to ignore Islamic polygamy, paying spousal benefits to Muslim families with multiple wives in an effort to save taxpayers? money.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott reportedly called for action after learning about the issue, only to be told that it would cost more to pay the wives the single parent benefit.

Centrelink said it did not hold data based on polygamous relationships or religion. The Islamic marriages are religious unions that are not registered.

?We are always told the data is not kept. I think that is a convenient excuse,? Senator Bernardi said. ? Read more »


Key determined to bribe breeders

Tax cuts are on the table…especially for people with families.

The Prime Minister has indicated any tax cuts offered next year are likely to be delivered with a scalpel, rather than a hammer.

The 2017 Budget will be delivered in May as usual, about six months ahead of the general election, where John Key is expected to seek a fourth term.

Speaking on The Nation on Saturday, Mr Key said there is a “range of options”, but hinted that he’s leaning towards tweaks to Working for Families and the accommodation supplement.

Simply cutting tax rates or lifting the thresholds at which higher rates kick in wouldn’t be “fair to everybody”.

“If you lower the bottom rate, you give it to everybody at the top and it costs a fortune,” he explained.

“Whereas you might be able to do some integrated family package? which delivers fairness to everybody but a bit more meaningful at the lower-income end.”

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The callous heartlessness of Labour’s new policy

In March of this year Andrew Little said this:

Labour leader Andrew Little said the government was creating a generation of “working poor”.

The minimum wage is still too low for the many workers who are dependent on it.”

Mr Little said the rise of $18 a week in take-home pay would only just cover rent rises.

And the head of the CTU said this:

Council of Trades Unions president Richard Wagstaff said the “miniscule” increases to the minimum wage would leave people treading water.

“We need to do a real jolt so the people on the minimum wage are actually earning enough to actually live properly.”

Lobby group Living Wage Aotearoa estimates $19.80 per hour is needed to maintain a decent standard of living.

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Lower taxes for middle class preferable to WFF benefit

Whaleoil’s tax and welfare survey reveals that most of us do not like working people being turned into beneficiaries by giving them middle class welfare. Working For Families should be removed and the middle class should be given tax cuts instead.

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Should our taxation system lower taxes and encourage more personal responsibility by reducing welfare payments or should we continue to have higher taxes to fund our welfare system?

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What is the harm in polygamy?




Polygamy existed in traditional M?ori society to a limited extent, mostly practiced by rangatira (tribal chiefs).When New Zealand was annexed into the British Empire in 1840, British law took effect that prohibited polygamous marriage. Colonial law permitted M?ori to marry under their own marriage customs, which continued until 1888 (although polygamy was practiced in M?ori society ? legally or otherwise ? well into the 20th century).But in general, polygamy has remained prohibited in New Zealand law.

Polygamy New Zealand law:

Polygamous marriages may not be performed in New Zealand. A married person who enters into another marriage in New Zealand is guilty of the crime of bigamy. Similar rules apply for civil unions, which have been legal in New Zealand since 2005. However, polygamous marriages legally performed in another country have limited recognition in New Zealand law, provided that no person involved was living in New Zealand at the time of the union.

Advocacy for full legalisation of polygamy in New Zealand has come from some libertarian individuals and from individual members of non-Christian religious groups. However, polygamy has little public support among New Zealanders, and no major political party has endorsed its legalisation.




Larry Pickering, an Australian political cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator of books and calendars at?blogspot.co.nz has an answer to ex-JAFA’s question and it has nothing to do with morals and everything to do with money. He uses as an example what is happening in Australia. His post was written in 2014 but is still relevant two years later. His example shows us what happens when a Muslim man who has multiple wives and children arrives in Australia and applies for welfare support.

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Chester Borrows calls out lazy media

Chester Borrows, who is one of?the wets in National writes a brilliant opinion piece at Fairfax:

In my book kids come first. No matter how frustrating the parents’ situation may be. Situations of their own volition, stupidity, criminality, or just bad luck, if there are kids involved, it pushes all my buttons. I will fall over myself helping and always have. I’m big enough to admit that I probably made decisions last week that I wouldn’t make a second time. We have all made mistakes and I own mine but don’t want them thrown in my face every time I am in need of being cut a little slack. So the starting point is that if there are kids involved, they didn’t have any choice because some adult made a decision for them on their behalf. So let’s think of the kids first.

The whole premise behind providing welfare…it’s for the kids.

Now, about those families who are living in every garage in South Auckland that Andrew Little has told us about but can’t find.? Those ones we can see same time; same channel every night – are there a few questions we’d like to ask them? Hell yes. ? Read more »


“…all we have created is a culture of dependence, entitlement, helplessness and irresponsibility”

Martin van Beynen hits the nail on the head:

The current weeping, wailing and gross over-simplification of the problems at the root of violence and dysfunction will not achieve anything.

Partly this is due to a couple of vital components missing from the discussion which mean most people switched off long ago.

The media cannot be knocked for highlighting societal problems and marchers might also help focus the minds of people in power.

But for things to change you need middle-class outrage and ordinary punters are no longer engaged.

They have heard it all before. “What do you want us to do?” is a common reaction.

We have tried everything and all we have created is a culture of dependence, entitlement, helplessness?and irresponsibility.

Of course most of us know condemnation does not work but that initial reaction needs to be acknowledged.

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Simon Collins? wet dream: a budget that doesn?t fix child poverty

Simon Collins has had his wet dreams realised. A budget that doesn’t fix child poverty.

Especially since child poverty is defined as a percentage of the median wage, it is practically unsolvable….which allows him to pimp some more poor whinging bludgers.

Child poverty advocates say the Budget provides no relief for families struggling to cope with high rents and low incomes.

Interesting term…’child poverty advocates’…are they really in favour of child poverty?

Child Poverty Action Group economist Dr Susan St John said she was hoping for improvements in housing subsidies and family tax credits, but the Budget provided neither of them.

Instead, the Government is quietly implementing changes announced in 2011 to lower the income limit for the maximum family tax credits from $36,827 to $35,000 a year, and to raise the rate at which the credits are reduced from 20c to 25c for every extra dollar earned above the limit. ? Read more »

Simon Collins now pimping the ‘terrified’

How can anyone be terrified by a budget that delivers millions more to bludgers, keeps entitlements as they are and delivers?$640 million more for social investment including $200 million for replacing CYF and?$200 million more for housing for 750 more places for those with most pressing housing needs, $42m for 3,000 emergency housing places, a new emergency housing grant and $36 million to continue home insulation. Also $100m to free up land in Auckland for housing?

Well the NZ Herald must have them on speed dial because Simon Collins managed to find a bloke, if you can call him that, who is “terrified” of the budget.

A man who spent 18 years in state care says he is “terrified” by the Budget changes to Child, Youth and Family.

Daryl Brougham, who wrote a book last year about his experiences, said the extra $95 million a year for the new “super-CYF” children’s ministry would go mostly to private contractors through competitive tenders.

Some of the worst experiences in his life in care were when children’s homes closed down because contractors lost their contracts. ?? Read more »