The Dim-Post

September 7, 2012


Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:23 am

Via APNZ, yet another announcement about National’s benefit crack-down o’ the week:

Kidnappers are among the serious violent criminals whose benefits police will be able to block.

Under sweeping benefit reforms to take effect next month, police will work closely with the Ministries of Social Development and Justice to match data on beneficiaries in trouble with the law.

The Ministry of Social Development will stop benefits to people with outstanding arrest warrants who do not turn themselves in after 38 days, and police will be able to tell officials to cut benefits to serious offenders.

A spokeswoman for Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said a person would be considered a danger to the public if they had committed serious, violent crimes and were on the run from police.

What a relief! I was worried that this latest, extensively promoted policy might specifically exempt kidnappers and other dangerous criminals, so it’s great that the Minister went to the trouble to clarify things. Finally someone is doing something about the kidnapping scourge crippling our nation!

On a less important note, New Zealand has lost at least six hundred jobs this week – that’s only the major closure announcements; unemployment was up last quarter, and is artificially low because of the record levels of migration to Australia. But at least Paula Bennett is working hard to prevent kidnappers on the run from the law from receiving the accommodation supplement.


  1. question: are these powers that MSD already has, or are they new?

    Comment by che tibby — September 7, 2012 @ 8:27 am

  2. If you dont pay me my benefit by 12pm tommorow I will send her ears to you in the post

    Comment by King Kong — September 7, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  3. I feel as if I’m living in a parallel universe

    Comment by M0 — September 7, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  4. Why do you call the symptoms of emigration to Australia’ artficial?’

    Comment by Andrew M — September 7, 2012 @ 9:00 am

  5. At least there is now a serious disincentive to kidnapping.

    Comment by Simon — September 7, 2012 @ 9:00 am

  6. Why do you call the symptoms of emigration to Australia’ artficial?’

    Is that a serious question or a rather deadpan quip? I can’t tell.

    Comment by Gregor W — September 7, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  7. Cursed tory masterminds….there go all our carefully laid plans to kidnap and forge a life of luxury on the dole…..thank God she hasn’t touched bestiality….yet…

    Comment by ak — September 7, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  8. THe minister never mentioned kidnappers. THis is the journalist interviewing their typewriter to beat up a story.

    Slightly weirdly, ‘group assemblies’ were till very recently considered violent offences under police report stats. So church on Sunday, benefit cut on Monday

    Comment by insider — September 7, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  9. I suspect Bennett rents a DVD once a fortnight and coincidentally storms into Cabinet the next day with specific random bad guys she wants to target. I’m guessing she finally saw Taken last night – god help the thinly-bearded German population if she ever stumbles across Die Hard

    Comment by garethw — September 7, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  10. The irony is that she won’t target solo mums with reasonably well-off relatives that help out financially on a regular basis (prompting the possibility that they don’t actually need all of the DPB that they get), because although this is a group that is small, it makes sense to cut welfare spending to those who may be able to afford to live independently, and Paula Bennett clearly is not about making any sense.

    Plus there’s the minor fact that that group, a decade or more ago, may have included herself.

    Comment by Dan — September 7, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  11. because all beneficiaries are criminals don’t ya know /sarcasm

    I’m sure the lack of live-able wage/income in this country has a lot to answer for when it comes to crime rates. Poverty = increased crime, it’s the only way to survive

    Comment by Fae — September 7, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  12. has anybody asked what these criminals on the run from the law will do when their benefits are cut? isn’t there a good possibilty that the answer is “commit more crime” or, alternatively, become homeless… having just visited the USA I was shocked by the number of relatively sane, not-noticeably-addicted-to-drugs homeless people I saw. do we really want that too?

    Comment by lucyjh — September 7, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  13. …and it will be a salutory lesson for the children of serious violent criminals…choose your parents more wisely next time or your family income will take a well-deserved hit. Take that you little bastards.

    Comment by PPCM — September 7, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

  14. Isn’t this yet more punishing people before they are convicted coupled with getting MSD to do the police’s work for them? Evil, evil, evil Paula.

    Comment by Andrew R — September 7, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

  15. Good grief!

    You mean we have let perpetrators of evil get benefits?

    GO! Saint Paula!

    Economic salvation is nigh.

    Societal problems no longer exist.

    Paula is a genius (but she already knew that).

    GO! Saint Paula!

    Comment by peterlepaysan — September 8, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

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