Jacinda Ardern: Don't call it 'work for the dole'

Daniel Walker,
Publish Date
Monday, 4 December 2017, 8:38a.m.
Jacinda Ardern is backing the govt's planned policy for a 'work-for-the-dole' type scheme. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Reassurance from the Prime Minister that any work-for-the-dole scheme will pay a legal wage.

The government's set to announce new projects aimed at getting people off benefits and one initiative may see unemployed youths planting pine trees.

Jacinda Ardern has promised any genuine job will be paid a genuine wage.

And she told Mike Hosking they won't be calling it a work-for-the-dole scheme.

"Historically 'work-for-the-dole' has always implied that you're working in a real job but for less than minimum wage, and there's lots of reasons why that is not a good way to run an operation like this."

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is unfazed in a big dip in business confidence.

The latest ANZ survey shows business confidence plummeting to an eight-year low.

Jacinda Ardern said it's just one survey, and she'll be more worried if a pattern starts to show.

"A change a government causes a bit of uncertainty. I absolutely accept that, I accept that it's going to take a bit of time for people to see the plans that we have around fiscal responsibility and management and so on."

Ardern says Labour governments often oversee high growth rates, that aren't reflected in business confidence.


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