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Are Our Social Ills Unsolvable?

Media Release
13 July 2004

Are Our Social Ills Unsolvable?

New Zealand First social services spokesperson Bill Gudgeon says New Zealand is in such a poor social state that the problems are becoming virtually unsolvable.

“The erosion of our social structure is now, in some cases, almost beyond repair. Left unchecked, it will become the key factor in this country’s slide into the third world,” said Mr Gudgeon.

“Despite promises from the Government to rectify the social ills of New Zealand, the elderly are still finding themselves at the bottom of the health list; criminal gangs grow stronger on the proceeds of crime; girls as young as 12 are prostituting themselves; and police have the impossible task of being the last 24-hour social agency.

“The gaps are now so wide for the disadvantaged, that many will remain in the disadvantaged column forever.

“The Government needs to take responsibility for the failure of schemes like Closing the Gaps so that they can work towards improving the situation, rather than pretending that they are making a difference,” said Mr Gudgeon.


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