Another great piece of work from I/S at No Right Turn:
According to a report in the Herald, the Exclusive Brethren have set up their own KiwiSaver scheme. That’s not particularly interesting, but what caught my attention is that the scheme will only be offered to members of the cult:
In its prospectus, released just before Christmas, the BCF scheme made it clear that membership would be – no surprises here – exclusive: sorry Richard, this one’s for the bros only.
This is, of course, illegal. Religious belief is a prohibited form of discrimination, and no institution is allowed to discriminate on those grounds in the provision of goods and services…
…The Brethren are collecting government subsidies to engage in this discriminatory behaviour (in fact, that’s the point – using KiwiSaver subsidies as a line of easy credit to boost their businesses). That should not be permitted. Taxpayer’s money should not be used to subsidise discrimination.
I assume that the responsible Ministers, Peter Dunne and Bill English, will immediately be seeking answers and stop the Exclusive Brethren from engaging in illegal discrimination and receiving taxpayer money to do it.
If you’re unhappy about your money being used by the Brethern to subsidise their business, tell IRD you want to switch to their provider – BCF Finance – and demand to know why when your application is rejected.