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


Government-Funded Fatherlessness

Government-Funded Fatherlessness

Sunday 25 Jan 2004 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today asked how Labour could claim to encourage DPB mothers to name their children's father when new information shows that, even with the 70A deduction, one beneficiary was paid $731.10 a week.

"Answers to my written Parliamentary Questions have revealed that, as of October 2003, two DPB mothers who had the 70A deduction imposed upon them received total weekly payments of $731.10 and $705.60," Dr Newman said.

"Other Domestic Purposes Beneficiaries received weekly payments of $695.94, $688.10 and $678.86 - after money was deducted from their benefits. This raises the question of what kind of deterrent the 70A deduction really is - not to mention how much these women would have received had the 70A not been imposed.

"Statistics show that New Zealand is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. By perpetuating the current system, and not encouraging DPB mothers to name the father of their children, Labour is creating this fatherless society.

"Toothless deterrents are not deterrents at all, and research has long shown that children raised without their fathers are more prone to negative outcomes in life. This is not what New Zealanders want.

"ACT is calling for strong welfare and family law reform - and social policy to encourage fathers to be included in their children's upbringing - to ensure that children have the best chance in life, and that negative outcomes are not predetermined," Dr Newman said.


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news