Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed some unemployed will face drug tests to get the benefit.
On TVNZ's Q+A yesterday, the minister said he wasn't just making an off-hand quip about testing last week.
"In my electorate, a lot of the jobs available to younger people are in forestry and in the meat-processing industry, and I’m told by those employers they often can’t employ our own locally unemployed young people because they can’t pass a drug test," Mr English said.
"So back in the election campaign, we made a commitment to having a policy where people who are meant to be available for work should be in the position where they can pass a drug test, for instance, so they can get a job in the forestry industry."
Tests would apply to beneficiaries who were new job seekers.
Housing boom fuelling high dollar?
The biggest “head wind” frustrating efforts to rebalance the economy has been high exchange rate, the finance minister said.
Asked if money flooding into the country to fund a housing boom was driving up the NZ dollar, Mr English replied:
"Well, I don’t know. I don’t quite agree with that. We’ve got a bit of price pressure in the central Auckland housing market, but everywhere else, it’s pretty flat, and you’ve just got to look at the credit growth for housing is only a little bit above zero.
"So we’re not on the edge of a housing boom.
"It’s actually not a bad sign if people are taking advantage of the lowest interest rates we’ve ever had to get the housing market back to somewhere near its normal level of activity.”
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares gain, led by Chorus, Orion Health, Air NZ while Tower drops again
- Smuggler Marine removes references to Sealegs technology from website
- Nigel Latta only tells half the story on the economy
- SecureCom buys Atmospheric, the Microsoft NZ Partner of the Year gone bust
- 9 Spokes accelerates efforts to get into US
Most listened to
- 9 Spokes CEO Mark Estall on his company's progress since listing.
- BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope - Upbeat on the economy, but worried about private debt
- SecureCom director Greg Mikklesen on buying Atmospheric
- Balkan borders and Kashmir killings on Foreign Affairs Scope with Nathan Smith
- Ironically, Trump showed the lack of stamina he had accused Clinton of, says NBR's Rob Hosking