Her supporters in the Greens might see nothing wrong with this but I suspect the hard working Kiwi who has around 40% of their income forcibly taken by the State and then see some of it handed to this thief are far less happy. More so when they hear that she has done it not once but three times that we know of, maybe more.
Kiwiblog has been exposing the Greens for years. Today’s blog, Herald on Turei’s Fraud should be read by everyone.
The Herald editorial:
Metiria Turei must have known she was taking a risk when she confessed to benefit fraud at the Green Party conference last weekend. She appears to have underestimated just how great that risk was.
In releasing the Greens’ family policy, Turei told a sympathetic audience of party members that she lied to Work and Income about her living circumstances in the early 1990s, when she was a solo mother doing her law degree and raising her young daughter while on the Domestic Purposes Benefit. She had flatmates to help her pay the rent in three of the five flats she lived in over a three-year period but did not tell Winz officials because they would have cut her benefit.
So this was not a one off decision. She did it three times. She lied about how much rent she was paying in order to get more money from the taxpayer.
This may make her a hero to her party members, but to most taxpayers it makes her a criminal.
Q+A exposes Greens housing scheme
Delighted to see, after I have been blogging on the issue for some time, that TVNZ started asking questions about the scheme where the Greens vest property in their superannuation fund, so they can claim rent from themselves.
It turns out to be even worse than I suspected. Not only are they doing this, they were charging $1,000 a week for a modest house in Thorndon, and secretly paid the money back.
The arrangements were at first within the rules (but as Bill found out that does not count for a lot!), but they were not transparent – we have only found out today what happened secretly.
Secondly Turei is not quite correct when she says an MP can buy a flat and claim a housing allowance for it. If the MP owns the flat directly, they can only claim the cost of interest on a mortgage. But by vesting it in their super fund, they get to claim a much higher market rental.
Finally, as we leant, they were literally double dipping by having two MPs charge close to the maximum for the same place – well above market rental.
The Greens are the party of fraud and deceit. They demonstrate again and again that they cannot be trusted on a personal level, and certainly could never be trusted with the public purse. Their 10% of the vote reflects the morals of their voter base, but for all hard working, honest, decent Kiwis the Greens are little more than money grabbing criminals.