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LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony


Appointed by new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern in 2018, Cindy Kiro headed the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) tasked with reviewing and recommending reforms to the welfare system. Kiro had been Children's Commissioner during Helen Clark's Labour government but returned to academia subsequently.


In 2019 the WEAG reported back with 42 recommendations including:

Recommendation 11: Remove some obligations and sanctions (for example, pre-benefit activities, warrants to arrest sanctions, social obligations, drug-testing sanctions, 52-week reapplication requirements, sanctions for not naming the other parent, the subsequent child work obligation, and the mandatory work ability assessment for people with health conditions or disabilities).

Most of these recommendations were adopted. For example single mothers no longer have to name the fathers of their children and if she has another baby while on a benefit there is no reset of her work obligations.


Yesterday, as Governor General, Dame Cindy Kiro delivered the Speech from the Throne on behalf of the new National - ACT - NZ First government. She said:


“Having 11 per cent, or one in nine New Zealanders of working age on a main benefit, means too many people are dependent on the effort of their fellow citizens instead of being self-supporting."


According to the NZ Herald, the Speech also, "... promised the reintroduction of benefit sanctions..."


With her 2019 recommendations Kiro was instrumental in creating the conditions for the number of beneficiaries to increase.


In March 2018, when she began her welfare investigation, there were 273,387 beneficiaries. Now there are 367,152. What sat at 9.3 percent of working-age New Zealanders has risen to 11.5 percent; most worryingly 168,276 children in benefit-dependent families grew to 216,648.


What a rich irony to hear the architect of such ill-advised reforms forced to describe their result, and advise their removal. One wonders if Ardern had considered this possibility when she appointed Cindy Kiro Governor General in 2021? It is doubtful. Foresight was never her strong point.


Dame Cindy Kiro will remain Governor General until 2026. But she has always been a friend and ally of left-wing governments. Perhaps she deserves kudos for professionally delivering a speech which must have personally rankled. At least she did it with dignity and grace. A lesson there-in for opposition MPs who have showed very little over the past two days.


Lindsay Mitchell blogs here

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A question for legal expert Liz Lambert, or anyone else here with good constitutional legal knowledge - disclaimer - I have no legal training except in Business Law from half a century ago - as such I simply rely on common sense in making my observations - yes, yes, I know, -common sense and the law can be two very different things. Hi Liz, et al - given that this country and its citizens have for three years been at the mercy of a government supported corporate coup which has been demociding and poisoning Kiwis by the thousands in a highly toxic experimental human field trial, wouldn't this situation demand that the Governor General invoke her reserve powers in or…

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The appointment of Governer General has become an exercise in wokeness. The qualifications are: You need to be at least one of these, two is better. A minority person ,a woman, a Maori person. If you can fill two of those qualifications, then you're in

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
Dec 08, 2023
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That was Labours policy, hope Luxon is above that, but I wonder...

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Ian Deynzer
Ian Deynzer
Dec 07, 2023

Well worth a read if you missed this article (another testament to Labour's woke ideology and the incompetence of their appointees):


LINDSAY MITCHELL: On the 50th anniversary of the DPB

The Domestic Purposes Benefit has been variously described as a “disaster” (David McLoughlin 1995), an “economic lifeline” (Jane Kelsey 1995) and “an unfortunate experiment” (Muriel Newman 2009).

Its effect on family formation can never be definitively ascertained. But the growth of the sole parent family dependent on welfare has correlated with more poverty, more child abuse and more domestic violence. Each of these was intended to be reduced by the introduction of the DPB.


https://www.bassettbrashandhide.com/post/lindsay-mitchell-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-dpb

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Kloyd0306
Kloyd0306
Dec 07, 2023

The best pay cheque she has ever had will be factor.


If she understood ethics and had morals, she would resign.

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
Dec 07, 2023
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diddly squat....

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Liz M Lambert
Liz M Lambert
Dec 07, 2023

Lets start dusting off our Constitution and putting it to good use. Using Article 1 of the 1688 Bill Rights appears to be just the ticket.

"No dispensing power

That the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of Parliament, is illegal:


'Regal authority' is what the executive holds through the Governor General and what the cabinet and the public 'service' suck at the teat of.

I had it in mind for Mahuta's blatant sign up to the WHO Treaty but this sounds just as good.


If you want to see the full range of Imperial law that we have inherited for take a look at the Imperial Laws Application Act…

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zekewulfe
zekewulfe
Dec 08, 2023
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Because New Zealand lacks an identifiable constitutional charter that delineates the scope of constitutional law, the boundaries of New Zealand constitutional law have never been precisely drawn. Constitutional rules may be changed by less formal means than under a written constitution, and the spheres of public and private law are merged rather than separated.


And so every ambulance chasing lawyer, inclusive of the institution that administrates to them, produces via the eternal trickles yet no testicles of the Wellington swamp dwellers, the shambles that our society has become.

And The TOW must be responsible for breast feeding almost them all.


It is why Australia will always head off their poor cousins .... they do not have to contend with such…

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