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


What Is Causing The Depression?

29 July 2004

What Is Causing The Depression?

New Zealand First social services spokesperson Bill Gudgeon is urging the Government to find out why the country is full of stressed out and depressed people.

This follows the release of new figures showing a 101 percent increase in stress and depression over the last eight years.

“Stress and depression have been identified as the leading reasons behind the increase in the number of people claiming sickness or invalid benefits,” said Mr Gudgeon.

“Severe back pain was once the prime contributor to numbers on the sickness and invalid’s benefit. Now we’re facing a higher incidence of mental health issues preventing people from joining the workforce.

“The Minister, Steve Maharey, may claim that the growth in the number of people on disability-related benefits was a trend experienced by most OECD nations, but he should be asking himself why so many Kiwis are depressed and stressed out.

“It could well be that the Government only has themselves to blame. Unaffordable housing, rising student debt, rising costs, increased power prices and a worsening law and order situation are enough to make anyone depressed,” Mr Gudgeon concluded.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election