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

 


MPs deliver Families Commission message


MPs deliver Families Commission message

United Future MP Marc Alexander today told a gathering of Christchurch community group representatives the Families Commission would provide a "filter" by which all policy that impacts on family could be gauged.

"It seems incredibly basic, but we haven't had that before in this country," the Christchurch-based MP said of the United Future initiative which will come into being in July next year.

"Take an issue like tax: we look at the impact it has on business, but we don't take such issues and look at the impact they have on families, which are the basis of a strong and healthy society," Mr Alexander said.

Mr Alexander and United Future's family affairs spokeswoman Judy Turner addressed about 35 representatives of groups as diverse as Plunket, the National Council of Women, Christchurch City Council representatives and youth advocates.

Mrs Turner told the gathering that the commission would not duplicate their many and varied volunteer support systems, but rather it would complement their work, while offering three core functions: advocacy, research and policy input and analysis.

"The fact is that we all live lives in the context of families. Our society is based on families, whatever one's definition of families might be.

"It can either go as broad as a couple of 18-year-old blokes flatting together, or so tightly that many people would feel excluded.

"But the early focus will be towards those with dependents, and not just children, but also the elderly and the disabled," Mrs Turner said.

The commission would look realistically at the many varied understandings and structures that shape family groups in New Zealand today, she said.

"The Families Commission will be investing in the social capital of this nation. It's high time that we put as much effort into our social capital - our people - as we do into our financial capital," she said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news