The latest attempt to destroy Metiria Turei for daring to have the courage to highlight that people are forced to break the rules to live under our neoliberal welfare state have reached fever pitch.
Now it’s over an action she committed as an anarchist 20 years ago…
Metiria Turei has admitted enrolling at an address where she was not living in 1993, saying she did it to vote for a friend who was running as a candidate.
The Greens co-leader has denied living with her daughter’s father at the time she was claiming a domestic purposes benefit, despite her name being listed on the electoral roll at the same address at the time.
Newshub reported that an official listing of addresses showed Ms Turei listed at the same address as Paul Hartley, in both 1993 and 1994.
Ms Turei said her name was listed at the address so she could vote in the electorate, but that she now realised it was a stupid thing to do.
“That was for the purposes of the electoral roll. I wasn’t living in that house. And this will sound really dorky, and I totally understand that, but I put myself on the electoral roll there because at the time, the 1993 election, my best friend was standing for election in that seat, and I wanted to support her.”
…surprise surprise it’s fucking Newshub doing more investigative journalism into where Met was living 20 years ago than investigating why the Auditor-General report is secret or more importantly, why the NS-fucking-A has control over our mass surveillance network!
The statute of limitations has already expired over Metiria’s rebellious act, so the actual law doesn’t judge this harshly at all.
Metiria is being ripped to pieces by a lazy and craven media who want to whip her for the audacity of inspiring other beneficiaries that they might be able to rise up against the cruelty meted out to them by social welfare agencies.
The double standards of journalism on display here attacking Metiria for events 2 decades old when we have actual abuses of real political power sitting naked without any investigation by the Newshub says more about the kind of ethically bankrupt watchdogs running that news service than it does about Metiria.
This is a good old fashioned beneficiary lynching and Patrick Gower is the hangman.