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Work For The Dole – Your Time Has Come

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`Leaked documents show the Ministry of Social Development preparing for an extra 300,000 benefit applications, in response to an expected tidal wave of unemployment created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
RNZ has received documents and emails which show the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) bracing for a massive increase in welfare applications.’

This information brought forward this post which I have been thinking about for some time as various projections for unemployment numbers have been put forward both by Finance Minister Robertson and other sources.

I remember hearing a politician, possibly Prime Minister at the time Sir Keith Holoake, in the late 60’s saying that there will always be about 5% of the New Zealand people out of work either because they could not through illness/disability or through an aversion to work would never be able to be employed. I was in my late teens or early 20s at the time and that statement has stuck with me – and it is almost certain that over 50 years later it still rings true. That means from 300,000 unemployed 285,000 approx will be work ready and looking for jobs with the other 15,000 unable to work through illness/disability or an unwillingness to work – Shane Jones’ nephs being prime examples, highlighted by him, in that last category.

Before Christmas Finance Minister Robertson announced with great fanfare that he had $12billion dollars available to fund `SHOVEL READY’ infrastructure projects. Well Grant there are about 285,000 work ready and willing workers coming your way – it is up to Carmel Sepuloni, Phil Twyford and you to get them out there working for the dole that they are going to be drawing from New Zealand taxpayers.

Will the governments ideology allow it – I don’t think so.

Even if they step outside their ideology their performance since taking over the reins of Government strongly indicates they are not capable of making it happen.


Written by pdm1946

May 5, 2020 at 11:36 pm

Posted in New Zealand

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