Simon Collins reports in the NZ Herald:
An alternative welfare review group will call today for raising welfare benefits by as much as 50 per cent to meet the basic needs of jobless families.
The alternative group, chaired by Massey University social policy expert Mike O’Brien and including former Green MP Sue Bradford, says current benefits of $194 a week for a single adult or $366 for a sole parent with one child are “simply too low to live on”.
It calls for restoring benefits “as a first step” to the proportion of the average wage that applied before they were cut by up to $27 a week in 1991. That would mean raising the single dole by 53 per cent to about $296 a week and lifting the benefit for a sole parent with one child to about $536 a week.
I have some questions for the alternative welfare working group:
- Is pepsi more popular than coke where you come from?
- Is the gravitational field strength also 9.81 m/s^2 on your planet?
- Is the sun a yellow sun, meaning Kal-El has his full powers or a red sun, meaning he is just a normal human?
- Does the fertile soil on your world allow you to grow the money on trees, or do you plant seeds in the ground?
- Is the speed of light 299,792 km/s in your dimension?