Should I be angry or pleased about an article in Salient, "How to rip-off WINZ"?
The more exposure this crooked, corrupt system gets the better I suppose. But encouraging people towards the lowest common denominator behaviour is not going to make things better. Its the old, if you can't beat 'em you may as well join 'em trick.
The article, published this week , detailed ways for people to get the most out of the Work and Income system – including cell phones, clothes, abortions, vasectomies, dental care and furniture.
Salient editor Steve Nicoll said the article was factually correct and not misleading anybody.
"We are providing a service, telling people about what Work and Income offer. We don't advise anyone to do anything that is against the law," he said.
It may be legal but it isn't ethical. I know it's supposed to be funny but it's not funny when this is what we are telling our supposed 'best and brightest'.
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