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


Government contemptuous of advisors

Bob Simcock National Social Services Spokesperson

16 April 2001

Government contemptuous of advisors

The announcement that the Ministry of Social Policy is to be absorbed into DWI, and that CYFS is likely to follow, is one more example of this Government's 'we know best' approach, National's Social Services spokesperson Bob Simcock said today.

"Departmental advice to the incoming Minister after the last election made it plain that the Government's advisors did not support any further restructuring in the sector.

"Last year's Hunn Review on the Department of Work and Income advised against further restructuring of that department.

"Judge Mick Brown's recently released review of the Child Youth and Family Service blamed repeated restructuring for much of the difficulty currently faced by that department.

"Staff in these three departments passionately oppose further restructuring.

"Given these facts any Government should take care to consult and consider all of the implications before making further structural changes.

"Any competent Government would have asked a series of important questions before making such a decision against advice:

How much will the change cost, and will any benefits justify the cost? How will the independence of policy advice to Government be maintained? Will this change improve or weaken the quality of advice available to the Government? Is it appropriate for CYFS to have to go to DWI for policy advice? Will restructuring cause already stressed agencies to lose focus once again?

As recently as a few weeks ago the Minister of Social Services told Parliament that there were no plans to restructure these departments. He and the Prime Minister admit that they have sought no advice over this amalgamation.

Likewise, the Minister has admitted that he doesn't know how much it will cost. And the decision was made without any discussion papers having been taken to Cabinet.

"This decision has shown the Minister and the Prime Minister to be contemptuous of the views of Judge Mick Brown, Don Hunn, Dame Margaret Bazley, Jackie Brown, and of course Christine Rankin, and all of the people working in these three departments.

"Morale in the sector is to be further sacrificed just so Minister Maharey can avoid the consequences of the mishandling of his relationship with Christine Rankin.

"This decision is more about the arrogance and dishonesty of Government Ministers than about any need to reduce the number of Government departments," Bob Simcock said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>


Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>


Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>


"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>





InfoPages News Channels