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Suck it up political sleazers.

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, November 8th, 2017 - 113 comments

Winston Peters has launched a legal fishing expedition to identify who exactly breached privacy on his superannuation over payments. A problem that he shares with about 50 thousand other pensioners. Unlike them, his problem wasn’t trying to find money to repay it. It was that the breach was deliberately timed to be a classic dirty politics ploy, almost certainly by National, in the leadup to the  recent election. I wish him good fishing.

 

Bennett faces petition and protest over historical allegations

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, August 7th, 2017 - 126 comments

No doubt those purity pledge campaigners who rained stones on Metiria Turei will be just as keen to get to the bottom of all this, and no doubt Paula Bennett will be keen to take personal responsibility and clear her name.

Paula Bennett says Jacinda lacks “the kind of brain” to lead

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, August 6th, 2017 - 83 comments

Back in May the Nats chose Nikki Kaye as their vehicle to attack Jacinda Ardern. It didn’t work so well. This time round they’ve lead with Paula Bennett. According to Bennett, Ardern lacks the right kind of brain. Keep talking Paula…

Paula Bennett’s problems not over

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, August 3rd, 2017 - 28 comments

Not seeing very much of Paula Bennett about at the moment are we. Her lawyers shut down certain allegations against her, but it seems that they are not going away. Perhaps Bennett should get it all out in the open and clear her name. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

National’s Bennett problem

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, July 27th, 2017 - 94 comments

Graham Adams at Noted on Paula Bennett: “Nevertheless, these questions are not going to go away and what is certain is that Bill English can not afford to have Bennett share billboard space with him until they are answered satisfactorily”.

Paula Bennett threatens legal action over allegations

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, July 4th, 2017 - 122 comments

An open letter has accused Paula Bennett of serious historical crimes. Bennett has denied the allegations and threatened legal action. Facebook has removed the source documents.

Tipping vs fair wages

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, May 24th, 2017 - 37 comments

I don’t know of a single piece written in support of Bennett’s proposal. She has been in the bubble too long, and lost touch with the values of NZ.

Right place wrong reason

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, May 9th, 2017 - 14 comments


Photo: M Wilson

Bennett “gutted”

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, June 15th, 2016 - 24 comments

One of Giovanni Tiso’s clever “Erratum” series.
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What now Paula?

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, June 7th, 2016 - 20 comments

Seeing is believing they say, and Paula Bennett says that she has taken on board the climate change message after a Pacific visit. So what now Paula? It’s a tough question for sure. But at least you’re blessed with an opposition that will cooperate, instead of trying to whip up people’s fears and obstruct progress for political gain.

Bennett’s housing “announcement” is a re-announcement and a lie

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, May 25th, 2016 - 140 comments

Paula Bennett’s “big” housing “announcement” today is a re-announcement with a twist of lie.

Grooming Bennett

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 30th, 2014 - 85 comments

Key is grooming Bennett for a finance role and eventual succession. No point in Nat members making a fuss, they don’t get a say in who leads them.

WANTED: new ideas on child poverty

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, September 24th, 2014 - 88 comments

It’s great to see John Key taking a sudden interest in addressing child poverty in New Zealand. But why the change of heart?

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 43 comments

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Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, June 28th, 2014 - 79 comments

You know the rules …

Census 2013: increase in inequality

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, December 4th, 2013 - 26 comments

NZ Census 2013 shows a widening income gap: rises for the haves; more struggle for the have nots.  Gains for women in education and some in the highest income brackets; more struggle for those on low incomes, especially beneficiaries impacted by Bennett’s punitive welfare reforms. Welcome to Key’s “Brighter Future”.

Warfare of welfare

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, September 30th, 2013 - 136 comments

3 billion reasons to be…cheerful?

Will MPs have to take the test?

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, August 18th, 2013 - 47 comments

Paula Bennett wants to introduce a new regime that screens all government employees to stop child abuse.

MPs have a lot of interaction with children.

So will they be regularly screened? And if not, Why not?

NRT: Paula Bennett giggles at child poverty

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, April 11th, 2013 - 17 comments

The government doesn’t measure child poverty, so has no way to tell if it is getting better or worse. Hilarious right? Paula Bennett certainly thinks so. “Gosh!”

Welfare is not a pissing contest

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 3rd, 2013 - 153 comments

Why must we turn welfare, an important safety net and part of the social fabric / contract of our country, into a stupid pissing match about a minister’s “reputation”?

Well past time to be “concerned”!

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, October 24th, 2012 - 49 comments

Despite an apparently never-ending parade of security stuff-ups at WINZ, Paula Bennet is “not concerned”. What exactly is her job then?

Another revenge leaking from Nats

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 17th, 2012 - 31 comments

Paula Bennett’s MSD ignored not one, but two warnings last year that its public kiosks were insecure. When a third warning came from Ira Bailey, Bennett (or her staff) appear to have leaked his name to the media. Bennett has a history of leaking private details to the media – by taking no action Key is giving his tacit consent.

“Privacy assured!” Politics, the police & surveillance

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, October 16th, 2012 - 26 comments

Public trust in the police is at a new low. But what of the trust in our government?  How much collusion is there between the police, government, spy agencies and foreign governments? However, citizens are also using the technologies of the surveillance society to hold the government and state authorities to account.

National Day of action against Bennett’s welfare reforms

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 5th, 2012 - 127 comments

Today there have been protests around NZ, against Paula Bennett’s punitive welfare reforms.

Updates: Include ODT article link and extract, photos of Henderson protest, and links to several news articles.

‘Children of the Poor’ 1934 – 2012: Social Security for the Future?

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, September 30th, 2012 - 176 comments

Split Enz once sang, “History Never Repeats”…  Or does it?  Destructive prejudices separating  ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor have been around a very long time. When the likes of Paula Bennett pander to such ill-informed vindictiveness with punitive social welfare reforms, they will damage large numbers of children – our future citizens.

“Work” and the false economy of Bennett’s welfare reforms

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 26th, 2012 - 99 comments

Bennett’s reforms aim to cut the costs of government spending on welfare.  But what this means is that more of the necessary caring and service work in NZ will be unpaid, or underpaid.  It doesn’t mean people will necessarily work harder or longer, and that they aren’t making a significant contribution to society and the economy.

Welfare ‘reform’

Written By: - Date published: 6:27 pm, September 18th, 2012 - 99 comments

Paula Bennett’s second welfare changes bill is out – with a nasty added sting in the tail: anyone who refuses a ‘suitable’ job will be blocked from getting a benefit for 13 weeks. Work testing for sole parents with 5 year olds, compulsory ECE for beneficiaries and the widows benefit cut are all in there.

$1 million well spent?

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, September 13th, 2012 - 22 comments

So the current people on benefits will cost $78 billion over the course of their lifetime. To get this useless $78 billion factoid, National have given an Australian company $1 million of our money – next year, they’ll do it again, to see if the number has changed any. What use is this number? It’s not good for budgeting and doesn’t seem to actually tell us anything useful – so why is the government wasting money while telling us times are tight?

ImperatorFish: Bennett Announces Welfare Crackdown

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, September 6th, 2012 - 17 comments

People of Swedish descent who engage in acts of treason while dressed as nuns will no longer be eligible to receive welfare, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today.

Trouble? Re-announce a distraction…

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, September 6th, 2012 - 231 comments

I see Paula Benefit is up to her old tricks again. As the government desperately wants to be doing something other than not attending huis over water rights, it’s up to Paula to pull a benefit bash. But she’s obviously run out of ideas so now we’re re-announcing the old bene-bashes.

A quick question

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, August 29th, 2012 - 81 comments

Bennett (playing the distraction card) is pushing her drug testing policy again. I have a question for the supporters of this policy which remains unanswered…

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