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Time to talk about a criminal welfare system.
No, I'm not going to write about giving handouts to those convicted of crimes.
I'm going to talk about the criminal state of parts of our welfare system. A system that seeks to burden those least able to pay with enormous levels of debt that would drive any average Kiwi to desperation.
I'm talking about those who are sufficiently unfortunate to find themselves unable to afford housing and are subsequently housed by WINZ in motels or other places on the basis that they are "lent" the money to cover the accommodation costs.
This is crazy!
If someone is sufficiently broke and lacking income that they can't afford to house themselves then putting them up in a $1,200 per week motel room and lumbering them with an serviceable long-term debt as a result is nothing short of insanity.
It seems that the once-proud nation of New Zealand, a country which led the world in welfare reforms, has become the ultimate example of capitalism destroying humanity.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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