“…They were both young, solo mums on welfare.
But Metiria Turei and Paula Bennett are now on opposite sides of Parliament -
- and Turei will today single Bennett out for a withering attack at the Green Party annual meeting.
Turei, the Greens’ co-leader, says New Zealand was first to give women the vote, and led the way in supporting them.
But now, the Social Development Minister is creating policy that undermines the gains made by the suffragette movement.
“The solo mum remains the primary target for society’s most vitriolic personal attacks –
- led these days by Paula Bennett who knows only too well how much it hurts – but plunges the knife in anyway.”
Like Bennett, Turei went on the domestic purposes benefit when she had her daughter Piupiu in her teens.
She used a training incentive allowance to gain her degree.
Bennett had her first child, Ana, at 17 and depended on welfare to support her – as well as to study for her Bachelor of Arts qualification at Massey.
But Bennett now wants to scrap support systems for women in her welfare reforms, the Green MP says…”
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