Bill English describes beneficiaries as drug addicts

Lesley Deverall,
Publish Date
Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:11PM
Bill English (Getty Images)
Bill English (Getty Images)

Bill English has compared some long-term beneficiaries to crack addicts.

APNZ reports the Finance Minister made the comment while speaking to about 100 voters at a meeting at Club Mount Maunganui yesterday.

He told the gathering, getting stuck on a benefit is like crack cocaine and it's really hard once you've started to come off it .

That's upset Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services executive director Tommy Wilson.

He says Mr English's reference to crack cocaine shows a lack of understanding, saying it's not an addiction as most people don't have a choice.

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