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11:40 am, August 28th, 2017 - 138 comments
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If a solo parent fills in a WINZ form and “mistakenly” claims they are single (the state presumes to decide the status of their relationships and may arrive at a conclusion the solo parent disagrees with), then they are prosecuted for the entire monetary value of their claim. They can even be sent to jail. And still the entire monetary value of their claim is owed. And if they reach retirement age and the monies have not been fully recovered, deductions are made from their pension payments..
If a solo pensioner fills in a WINZ form and “mistakenly” claims they are single, then it would seem from the Winston Peter’s situation, that only the overpayment is pursued.
The second scenario is fair enough. The first is state violence being visited on the poor.
Don’t expect NZ media to shine a light on the discrepancy of treatment meted out by the same department to different people, depending on their perceived social standing. They, if the hounding of Metiria Turei and her family is anything to go by, are very much a part and parcel of the apparatus of state violence I mentioned above.
So what, if anything, can we do about all of this? Metiria Turei has been flung into the political wilderness, the Green Party has apologised and sat down, and neither the media nor any political party is prepared to speak out vociferously for the poor.
But there are thousands upon thousands of us who have been ostracised and badgered to these outer fringes of society. And the prospect of us all searching one another out and collectively saying “hey, just a sec” is probably very high up on the list of fears of those currently wielding power.
So maybe we should do that then. Maybe we should simply set dates and times and places throughout New Zealand main population centres and just come together en masse to say “Hey, just a sec”. And then start moving.
Now, that would be a scandal!