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Family Commission an election bribe

Family Commission an election bribe

The Government's Family Commission announced today is an election bribe which won't make any difference to families in need, says National Social Services Spokesperson Katherine Rich.

"The definition of "family" is so broad that it basically encompasses every New Zealander. We already have an advocate for New Zealanders. It's called a Parliament.

"This commission is totally unnecessary when we already have a large amount of family focussed research undertaken by the Ministry of Social Development. This is duplication and increased bureaucracy at its worst.

"Some New Zealanders may think this Commission is a nice fuzzy idea but they need to understand that it is nothing more than an election bribe so that United Future would support the Government.

"The role of this bureaucracy is so nebulous the Family Commission will become all things to everybody. For the Government it is a cheap mechanism to lock down United's support. For United it is a justification for supporting many Government intitiatives that have gone against their principle.

"At close to $30m this is an expensive and excessive pay off to United Future. I can't see why they need seven commissioners, as they will not be working with individual families in the same way the Children's Commissioner does," Mrs Rich said.

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