Muliaga spokesperson should shut up now
Nobody is going to be charged over Folole Muliaga's death. Good. Now perhaps family spokesperson Brendon Sheehan [no, no the Brendan Sheehan who works at Meridian Energy] can shut up about the Government not doing enough if he is not going to confirm whether the Muliaga family was receiving their full entitlements through Working for Families and Work and Income.
Meanwhile Mercury Energy says it will act on new guidelines for dealing with people who cant pay their bills. Actually they are developing them with the Electricity Commission just like they did last time. There will be threat of regulation if they are not followed - just like last time. And Mercury say they are going to follow these guidelines - just like they were supposed to do with the current ones. The Electricity Commission say it is going to monitor them - just like they said last time - except this time they have to report to the Government in February.
But there is nothing to stop electricity companies ignoring guidelines, even if they are changed from "should" to "must", if there is no legal consequences for not following them.
Likewise, there is also nothing to make families apply for all their state-funded entitlements. But if they don't get their entitlements, and they cant afford to live, well, whose fault is that?
If the Muliaga family was not getting their entitlements, Sheehan cannot say the Government has not done enough. Now poor people who can't pay their power bill "must" be told to go to WINZ even when they have not bothered to apply for eligible assistance to start with.
And now that Mr Muliaga is quitting work to look after his family he will probably have to go on the DPB.
Does anybody know if the Muliaga family have a connected phone now?