Regional Work for Dole will divide coalition

Published: Sun 3 Dec 2017 08:03 PM
Regional Work for Dole will divide coalition
Shane Jones’ regional work for the dole scheme is the latest NZ First Policy to come up against the realities of working in a Labour/Greens/NZ First Coalition Government, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says.
“In an interview on TVNZ’s Q today, Shane Jones said he wants a work for the dole scheme to get unemployed people in the regions planting trees. However that’s anethema to Labour and the Greens who if anything want to reduce welfare obligations to be available for work,” Mr Bridges says.
“Mr Jones’ interview was a long list of things he’d like to do but Labour and the Greens won’t let him do.
“Things like irrigation schemes, the Te Kuha mine on the West Coast, gas exploration, and work for the dole schemes.
“The only thing the parties can agree on is spending more taxpayers’ money. Mr Jones admits he’s got no idea where the money comes from, but says he trusts Grant Robertson will find it.
“Six weeks in, we are still no wiser on what the provincial growth fund will do, how it will work, and who will decide.
“Meanwhile he’s already at least several million trees behind the billion tree eight ball.
“Despite Mr Jones’ comments, many parts of regional New Zealand have been performing the strongest economically that they have in 30 years.
“Mr Jones needs to stop talking in riddles and start laying out what NZ First will actually do in regional New Zealand.”

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the nurses strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Fixing our broken justice system: first steps
By: New Zealand Government
Renters group pushes for tougher laws for landlords
Commissioner questions merit of biodegradable plastics
By: Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment
New innovation fund part of public media funding allocation
By: New Zealand Government
The Nation: NZNO, NZEI and EMA
By: The Nation
Why are nurses striking?
New labour law settings will stoke inflation
By: BusinessDesk
UPDATE: Govt, DHBs say no more funding available
By: BusinessDesk
Nurses, DHBs going into ERA-facilitated bargaining
By: BusinessDesk
Facilitation talks completed this morning
Nursing and Midwifery DHB MECA rejected
Nurses’ strike concludes
By: District Health Boards
DHB – strike response update
By: All District Health Boards
DHBs acknowledge staff and volunteers in strike response
By: All District Health Boards
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media