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Benefit numbers continue upward trend - Lindsay Mitchell

The number of people on benefits has shot up 5 percent in the last year.

According to welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell latest benefit fact sheets, just released by MSD, show over 15,000 more people receiving a benefit than a year ago.

Emergency housing spend out of control - Simon O'Connor

The spend on emergency housing has risen 440 per cent since the Government took office, leaving more Kiwis living in motels, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

7000 more young people on the dole under Labour - Louise Upston

More young people are joining the dole queue thanks to the Government’s failure to get youth into work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says.

Nine years of progress undone by Labour - Simon Bridges

After years of improvement under National, benefit numbers are now back to the heights last seen during the Global Financial Crisis, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

Protests outside Australian Consulates over bushfires

As the devastating bushfires continue to burn across Australia, Australian Consulates in Auckland, Wellington, and around the world are being met by protestors demanding more pressure be put on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

More people getting into work - Carmel Sepuloni

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off," Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.

Government failing to get Kiwis back into work - Louise Upston

Some beneficiaries are going more than three months without having a meeting to discuss their job search, which shows the Government isn’t doing enough to help Kiwis find work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says.

Government slow to take action on new coronavirus - Michael Woodhouse

The Government must take proactive steps to ensure the coronavirus outbreak does not spread to New Zealand and give Kiwis confidence, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

Petition launched to prevent fishing ban - Ian McKelvie

Motiti Island’s fisheries are at risk as local councils now have the power to apply fishing bans wherever they see fit, National’s Fisheries spokesperson Ian McKelvie says.

"This comes off the back of the Court of Appeal ruling in favour of environmentalists on Motiti Island.

The UN - New Conservative

Helen Clarke has reported that the UN is under threat as the US has cut some funding. We need to ask why it has cut funding, and if that is because the UN has moved on from its initial function, which was to promote world peace.