Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt To Spend Another Year Ignoring Children

14 February 2001

Govt To Spend Another Year Ignoring Desperate Children

There is a crisis in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, but the Government continues to ignore thousands of increasingly desperate children, National's Social Services spokesperson Bob Simcock said today.

"Since Labour and the Alliance came to power there has been an outpouring of public outrage and passionate concern over the plight of abused children. And since Labour came to power they have built a massive waiting list for the Child, Youth and Family Services. Yet neither the Prime Minister's dreary statement to Parliament this week, nor the Minister of Social Services speech outlining the Government's plans for 2001, once mentioned those children.

"So far in this so called 'compassionate' Government's term we have seen the waiting list at CYFS double, with around 4,000 children now queuing to see a social worker. And for every one of those children there is a family that has been thrown into chaos.

"Now private welfare organisations have had to demand that the Government allow them to try and lend some help to this crippled Government department, which is struggling to cope with an unprecedented number of suspected child abuse cases.

"In spite of public anger this Government shows no sign of any intention to allocate sufficient resources to get CYFS out of the mire and protect our most at-risk children.

"From the avoidance we've witnessed in this first week of parliament, the public can rightly conclude that this Government's second year will again only offer syrupy rhetoric about the tragedy of child abuse. Tragically the Prime Minister has decided that there are no votes in protecting our children," Bob Simcock said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election