Paula Bennett is right to say the government should compensate Housing New Zealand tenants who were evicted from their state homes unnecessarily because of bogus meth contamination standards.
It’s an act of extreme hypocrisy for Bennett who should be issuing her own grovelling apology to these tenants. It was Paula Bennett, as National’s Housing Minister, who amped up the risk of meth contamination as a way to demonise to stigmatise state house tenants as she did her best to privatise thousands of state houses.
But she is right on this one.
In a week when the government has announced hundreds of millions to compensate farmers, many of whom are exceptionally wealthy, for something which appears to be no fault of the government, Housing Minister Phil Twyford is refusing to compensate state house tenants for what amounted to state-sanctioned abuse of vulnerable families by Housing New Zealand.
It’s a double standard.
Twyford and Labour are standing rock solid behind wealthy farmers to whom it owes nothing, while refusing compensation to low income families which the government’s policies have seriously and unnecessarily harmed.
As well as being tossed out on the street, we now know that many of these hundreds of state tenants got rid of clothes, mattresses and bedding etc because, based on advice from the government, they thought their possessions were a danger to themselves and their children.
These people deserve unstinting compensation.
Come on Phil Twyford – give these state house tenants the same hearing you have given to wealthy farmers.