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.
As they continue to run their lines to portray beneficiaries as druggie criminals (and Paula should know after her years on the benefit…), my argument from the last time this was announced still stands:
But the question needs to be asked: how many people on the run are collecting the benefit? (Even if they’re on the benefit, are they collecting it? Isn’t that giving the police clues as to where they are?)
How much will this policy change save compared to the amount we spent on Paula & her advisors to come up with it? The amount it will cost for parliament to spend time passing the law?
As with drug-testing this policy isn’t about saving money. It is about demonising those who’ve fallen on hard times.
National is desperately trying to pass the blame to the tens of thousands of extra unemployed it has created.