Didn't think Paula Bennett could top her claim this week she would still release private information of any beneficiary who challenges her welfare policy after being told she had breached privacy by the Human Rights Commission?
Think again, Paula is so far in denial about child poverty in NZ, she won't even measure how many children are actually in poverty...
Measuring poverty line not a priority - Bennett
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said it was not a priority to measure New Zealand's poverty line.
Ms Bennett said in Parliament there was no need to further investigate findings in the Green Paper that up to 20 per cent of New Zealand children live in poverty.
"There is no official measure of poverty in New Zealand. The actual work to address poverty is perhaps what is most important," she said.
"Children move in and out of poverty on a daily basis," said Ms Bennett
...'children move in and out of poverty on a daily basis' must be one of the most glib comments ever made on the subject. It's not a trip down to the dairy, it's up to 20% of our children hovering in and out of poverty (we aren't sure because we don't measure them).
This is beyond denial, it's willful ignorance. The Government do not want to measure how many children live in poverty because then they would be forced to do something about it rather than implement policy which simply exacerbates that poverty.