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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

For the able-bodied, introduce 5-year lifetime limits for reliance on welfare in respect of unemployment and domestic purposes benefits
Require regular interviews with case managers for those on the sickness benefit for more than six months
Welfare beneficiaries who are able to do so, should be required to work full time or undertake a 40-hour week of work activity
Retain base benefit levels, but comprehensively review abatement rates and supplementary assistance to ensure that people on welfare do not end up better off than people in full time work
Introduce strategies leading to full employment, including the lowering of taxes and the reduction of compliance costs on small business

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Bradford

Support urgent Government action to address the problem of benefit abatement for those moving into employment, and the removal of the poverty trap created by high marginal tax rates that exist for people on low incomes
Make the first $5000 of everyone's income tax-free as part of ecological tax reform, which will help reduce problems with abatement rates
Ensure that the Ministry of Social Development, including its Work and Income Service, (MSD/WI) works to ensure that all people using their services are treated respectfully and heard

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Ruth Dyson

Dramatically reduce the time spent on administration and allow case managers to focus more on moving people into work
Make it easier for parents and carers to move in and out of the workforce
Address barriers to work for second earners
Expand our successful seasonal work programmes into all regions that need them

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Judith Collins

Require those on the unemployment benefit to make themselves available for community service work or retraining
Conduct numeracy and literacy assessments of those seeking the dole, and arrange help for those needing it
Introduce a three-month trial period during which employers and employees can end an employment relationship without penalty

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Review youth wages and employment conditions
Ensure that the employment of New Zealanders remains our first planning priority
Resurrect the policy of a community wage, paid to those who are unable to reasonably find paid employment but who will be expected to make a contribution back to the community which is paying them

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Allow employers to take on new employees for a trial period of up to six months

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