Beneficiaries sent to Australia for work

'New Zealand sends us their bludgers' reads the headline in newspaper The Australian this morning.

But welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell doesn't see a problem with us sending welfare beneficiaries across the Tasman for work.

She says the numbers aren't big - just six this year, at a cost of $677 each.

"If they're on the benefit, that's three or four weeks benefit up front to get them into a job in Australia.

"We're not talking about flying people over for an interview, these are people who have offers of work."

Lindsay Mitchell says the 'transition to work' grant is asset tested, and the savings the country would make by not having these people dependent on welfare would easily outweigh what we're spending to get them into a job.

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