If you are reading this and want to make a submission please follow the link below, last day today, every voice counts. Below that is my submission if you would like some ideas.
SUBMISSION ON SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION REWRITE BILL
Early last year I was doing some research for my own legal issues when I came across copies of the Social Security Act and noted with distress the long list of amendments to this piece of legislation. Now I see the government have become ashamed of this list and want to tidy it up. Perhaps so it isn’t obvious to future generations how the rich and powerful in New Zealand/the world persecuted the poorest sector of our society, using neo-liberal economic policies and radicalised political beliefs they knew were harmful.
It is common knowledge that neo-liberals deregulated the finance industry, removed tariffs and implemented GST, cut taxes to the rich, etc etc. They created unemployment and a low wage economy, then went about creating propaganda that it was the fault of the unemployed for their situation.
I am an active protester in the area of mental health services for mentally injured abuse victims and mentally ill. I am being persecuted through the justice and health system for legally protesting and not treated with impunity as required by the United Nations, as a civil society actor. In the work that I do, which includes a significant amount of law I have been introduced to Imperial Laws. Firstly Westminster Statute 1st, Common right be done to all, rich as poor and Secondly Magna Carta, No man shall be destroyed and every man shall have access to right and justice.
It is quite obvious from the number of changes to the Social Securities Act that were designed to degrade and intimidate that these changes are supposed to be punitive against poor people. At the same time we pass laws that advance rich people like those passed to advance The Hobbit and Hollywood multinationals. This IS NOT COMMON RIGHT BEING DONE TO ALL – this is rich being advanced and poor disadvantaged.
Throughout history mankind have shown they cannot control their love of money and power, to the detriment of society, that is why we have laws. That is why we live in a civilized society and democracy, in an effort to control this propensity for abuse of power and strong attacking weak. This is no longer happening, those with money and power have created extreme suffering, that is leading to social issues, violence, addiction, suicide, etc. Their radicalised political belief that those who don’t work are bludgers and a drain on society is immoral and an act of discrimination in my culture.
These same people who don’t work are not given the opportunity as cuts to funding for professional treatment care and rehabilitation mean there is no support. ACC and mental health do not use professional rehabilitation models, I know this for a fact, I studied this topic at Massey University. All the talk about people with disabilities being in work, are just not a reality in a neo-liberal capitalist society. Jobs need to be created for disabled people to use their talents, within their capabilities and create value in society. So many disabled people with so much talent – especially with people who have mental health issues, many highly intelligent and being left to rot.
The focus on work is offensive, while ACC, mental health and others ensure people are not treated, protected, cared for and rehabilitated as required under the IPRCA. Also as required under Health, Disability, Criminal, Human Rights and Bill of Rights Acts.
Again I would point out it is the fact that at the same time as resources were being taken from the most vulnerable and poorest people, those who were the richest were increasing their wealth according to data.
I will say it simply – you are not allowed to use the law to advance the rich and persecute the poor – people must be advanced, or not, in a common way. As I know in my case this is happening I understand the law to be interpreted that I no longer have to respect or adhere to the law under the Westminster System.
The consolidation of this Act is immoral and illegal. I am also quite sure the government will bring something more degrading in for beneficiaries, even though they say they are not going to – they always do – it is modern day oppression of mostly disabled citizens.
That people in power, with access to scientific evidence about the social dysfunction etc poverty and inequality create, continue to harm vulnerable minorities makes me want to be ill. It is a gross miscarriage of justice that is somehow being legitimised by the media and all neo-liberals and worst of all by our justice agencies. We have Criminal Laws and Bill of Rights Act that few people can use to protect themselves against cruel immoral radicalised political terrorists who work for government organisations. Under the Terrorism Suppression Act, what neo-liberals have done over the past 30 years constitutes terrorism, especially in the area of destroying mental health infrastructure and causing serious harm to a significant targeted group of the population.
I also have Christian beliefs and know it is EVIL to advance and protect the rich and powerful, while they degrade, disenfranchise and persecute the vulnerable poor. Westminster Law is based on Christianity, so is our monarchy and I expect to have New Zealand’s cultural, religious and ethical beliefs respected and acknowledged in this debate/law change.
Now I have pointed out rich people can’t use the law to harm poor people I expect there will be a police and GCSB investigation – perhaps a Royal Commission of Inquiry. That this bill will not progress and there will be urgent legislation enacted to remove any parts of the Social Security Act implemented since Rogernomics/neo-liberalism that has harmed the poorest of citizens. That of course would involve a return to welfare and housing conditions prior to Ruth Richardson.
All these punitive laws that were made are illegal and we must (now we understand what has happened and how it happened) strike them down and return to the law prior. The poorest New Zealanders must be advanced in common right as rich people were, to do anything else is uncivilized and against Westminster Law and democracy.
I wish to speak to my submission in person.