4 December 2017
Coalition already divided on Work for the Dole
Comments from Jacinda Ardern along with supporters of the Coalition Government this morning show that Labour and New
Zealand First are already at odds on the Work for the Dole scheme, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson
Simon Bridges says.
“This happened more quickly than we thought,” Mr Bridges says. “Ms Ardern’s comments this morning are completely at odds
with those of Shane Jones yesterday.
“He’s in favour of work for the dole, she wants a training programme. He wants it to be compulsory, she wants to put it
in front of Cabinet, which won’t support it.
“We all know who will win. The Labour Party and the left won’t let work for the dole happen. They want to reduce work
obligations, not increase them.
“This is just the latest embarrassment for Shane Jones after the billion trees target was cut in half in a couple of
“The question for New Zealand First is, how can they champion the regions if all their regional development policies
keep getting rumbled by Labour?
“Shane Jones should stop all his bluster about work for the dole and a billion trees. It’s quite clear neither phrase
actually means anything.
“It’s quite obvious that he’s already the Minister in name only. Labour is running the show.”