More goodness from Australian Labor

Deborah Coddington writes in the HoS:

In Sydney it was lead-up to Budget week, with speculation aplenty about tax cuts, means-testing for wealthy baby-boomers and – something New Zealand could pinch – grocery credits instead of welfare handouts for beneficiaries with a record of abusing and neglecting their children.

Somehow I can’t see Ruth Dyson introducing a similar policy. If Judith Collins is Minister of Social Welfare after the election she might give it a go, but I fear the feisty Collins will be held in check by the National Party apparatchiks as Ruth Richardson was.

Personally I wouldn’t want to be the person trying to hold Judith in check 🙂

It does show again how much more moderate Australian Labor is. They’re introduced policies which are unthinkable for NZ , and if National introduced would be savaged as bashing beneficiaries. Never mind it would be in fact designed to help children at risk.

What I like about the Australian policy is it does not impose the grocery credits on all beneficiaries, just those with a record of neglect. That way it does not interfere with the vast majority of families receiving a benefit, who are caring for their kids.

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