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The Two Faces Of Labour

The Two Faces Of Labour

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded to know how a government that denies some children the right to know their father's identity, now had the nerve to claim that other children should have that same right.

"It is unbelievably hypocritical for the Government to claim that children born through human reproduction technology have the right to know the identities of their sperm and egg donors, while denying an estimated 32,000 children that same right," Dr Newman said.

"Labour is allowing around 16,500 women to receive benefits without naming the father of their children. The Government has stolen their children's rights - yet has the sheer audacity to now try to give this right to other children. It is outrageous that the Government feels it can give a fundamental right to some, while denying it to others.

"ACT has always believed that every child has the right to know who their parents are - except, of course, in extreme circumstances. We have campaigned for women on the DPB to name the father of their children, and the Government has fought us at every turn. Now, however, the truth comes to light - only those children of the Government's choice have that right, while the rest are left to suffer.

"The Government cannot help some children with its right hand, while hurting others with its left. I am calling on the Government to be consistent - it must ensure that all children are able to know the identity of their parents. If it cannot, then it should shut up and keep well out of the entire issue," Dr Newman said.

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