The Government has announced a mammoth 11-person panel to advise on the overhaul of the welfare system, made up of academics, social advocates, economists and business leaders.
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said the group would undertake a “broad-ranging” review of the welfare system. …
The Green’s campaigned on removing nearly all sanctions and rules around receiving a benefit, however entered the campaign without the policy’s champion Metiria Turei, after she was forced to resign over mounting pressure following an admission of historical benefit fraud.
Yep they want people on welfare to have no obligations to be honest or seek work. Their answer to welfare fraud is to abolish any obligation to tell the truth, so you can’t commit fraud!
Auckland University professor Cindy Kiro will lead the group as chair, said Sepuloni. …
Other members of the welfare panel include paedeatrician and professor Innes Asher, beneficiary advocate Kay Brereton, academics Huana Hickey and Tracey McIntosh, economist Ganesh Nana and former Business NZ chief executive Phil O’Reilly, as well as trade unionist Robert Reid.
Representing the Council of Christian Social Services on the group was chief executive Trevor McGlinchy, and second-year university student Latayvia Tualasea Tauta will provide a Pasifika perspective to the panel along with lived experience of growing up in a benefit-dependent household, while Family Centre founder Charles Waldegrave rounds out the 11-person group.
With one exception this is a hard left group that will inevitably recommend what the Government wants.