There she was, Sue Moroney, Labour List MP, climbing into Paula Bennett following her revelation that several thousand persons receiving the Job Seeker support payment had their benefit cancelled when they left the country without first advising WINZ of their intention to do so. "More beneficiary bashing" she said, echoing the criticism of the Greens and various advocate groups.
Ms Moroney conveniently ignored the fact these rules were in place when she was part of the Government. The only thing different is that data matching is catching out those skipping the country for whatever reason without telling WINZ. You're not going to get any argument from me that those receiving the Job Seeker support payment should be able to travel overseas on compassionate grounds (and that is provided for in the legislation) but equally, it is non-negotiable that overseas holidays when you are supposed to be available and looking for work in NZL is a big fat no, no.
It is mystifying to me why Labour would choose to make this a cause célèbre. This is not something likely to resonate out there in voter land. To the contrary, taxpayers will applaud the fact that persons choosing to rort the system are being caught and held to account.
Perhaps the answer can be found in Ms Moroney herself. Since she was first elected to Parliament in 2005 she has managed, by dint of her own 'hard' work, to increase her National Party opponent's majority each and every time.
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