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Lindsay Mitchell nails Labour re Turei rort


In a recent post the estimable Lindsay Mitchell, blogger, artist and seasoned observer of NZ’s welfare scene wrote in regard to the ongoing Turei furore:-

Labour Minister called dodging child support “a rort”

When Ann Hartley was in parliament, 2002-05, Labour passed legislation to increase the penalties for claiming a benefit and not naming the child’s father:

25 August 2004

Heather Roy: When will he admit that this is just a rort so that fathers can dodge child support, and why should taxpayers always have to pick up the bill?

Hon STEVE MAHAREY: It is a rort, and I have said time and time again in this Parliament that fathers must front up to their obligations, andwe will make sure they do, as much as we can.
Labour raised the weekly section 70A penalty from $22 to $28 (I argued at select committee it would make no difference).Ann Hartley wasn’t responsible for her son not being named as father of his and Turei’s daughter, but on the balance of probabilities, she would have known.
Paying child support is no small deal.The stance Labour took then, shows how politically difficult it will now be for them to continue their pact with the Greens.


Andrew Little should be asked if he thinks dodging child support is a rort.

So when in power Labour abhorred such rorts. Yet Turei is proud of her theft and totally unrepentant. Little, to this observer has not been unequivocal in what he has said, so far!!

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