Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Child Support And Welfare Reforms Pass Into Law

The House rose at 10pm interrupting debate on the second reading of the Families Commission Amendment Bill.

Earlier MPs completed the third readings of two controversial reform bills.

The Child Support Amendment Bill passed by 71 to 49 National, NZ First, Maori Party, ACT, United Future and Brendan Horan in support.

Labour supported the bill to select committee, but withdrew that support at the second reading as they believed the bill as it did not address enough of the problems with the system.

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said the bill was the most fundamental change to the Child Support regime since it was set up in 1992.

It modernised the law and recognised that society had changed.

The support calculation was also being changed to reflect those changes, as well as individuals’ circumstances.

The bill’s starting date is now April 2014 instead of April 2013 to allow IRD time to implement the bill, a move Dunne said was regrettable, but necessary.

The Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill also passed into law by 61 to 59 with National, ACT and United Future in favour

Labour categorized the bill as beneficiary bashing, while National believed it would help get people back into work.

The bill also passed into law on Social Development Minister Paula Bennett's birthday.

**
ParliamentToday.co.nz is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: Why The New British Conservative PM Is Talking Inequality

In a major speech, May honed in on one key theme: an economy “that works for everyone”. It was strikingly like the language that the former British Labour leader, Ed Miliband, used in last year’s election campaign, as he put inequality front and centre of his – unsuccessful – political pitch. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tony Blair And The Chilcot Report

Alongside this litany of criticisms of Blair’s style of government and decision-making, Chilcot has also given Blair a remarkable amount of wiggle room. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Flying Blind

Lets imagine an industry that prides itself on its modern technology. Yet its basic service is a chronic source of anxiety to many of its customers, partly because (very occasionally) this industry suffers catastrophic accidents that kill everyone who is using a particular instance of its service at the time. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news