Parliament

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

 

Govt lets welfare millions go uncollected


Govt lets welfare millions go uncollected

"The Government is allowing more than $73 million in unpaid child support payments go uncollected in Australia and it's time to act," says National Party Welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich.

She's released figures after Parliamentary Questions, which show 12,243 Kiwi parents living in Australia owe $73,207,549 in unpaid child support.

"The Government is simply not trying hard enough to collect the debts, despite signing a much-lauded reciprocal child support collection agreement with Australia in 2000.

"The Government has collected less than $2 million in the past three years," Mrs Rich says.

"The amount owed by these responsibility dodgers has also doubled in the past three years. The Government is letting them take the New Zealand taxpayer for a ride," she says.

Of the 12,243 parents who owe money, the New Zealand Government's referred only 1200 cases to Australian officials for debt collection.

"Unless there are really good reasons, non-custodial parents should not be allowed to leave New Zealand owing money.

"They have responsibilities, first and foremost to their children, but also to their former partner and the New Zealand taxpayer.

"$73 million buys a lot of school uniforms, books and pays for a lot of sports subs

"The Government's tip-toed around this issue for too long. It's time to get tough rather than just talking about it," Mrs Rich says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels