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


New funding pays for Mallard’s prejudice

Hon Bill English National Education Spokesman

23 November 2004

New funding pays for Mallard’s prejudice

“If Labour was serious about meeting the childcare needs of parents and the community he would give every child the same childcare entitlement and would let parents continue to choose care that suits them,” says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English.

He is commenting on the announcement of a new funding pool that will provide additional places for under-fives in non-profit early childcare.

Mr English says this new funding is only necessary because of the Minister’s prejudice against privately owned and parent-led centres.

“This funding is all about making parents work to the Minister’s preferences about childcare,” he says.

“The money won’t deal with the immediate problem that up to 400 childcare centres are set to close on 1 January next year when stringent new teacher registration requirements come into play.

“The Ministry of Education has advised the Minister of these eminent closures but he has turned a blind eye.

“Private childcare centres are successful because they meet the needs of parents whose decisions are based on hours of operation, ease of access and style of teaching. Parents are not interested in whether or not the centre fits in with Labour’s politically-correct views on who should look after their children.

“These closures will spell chaos for the 30,000 families who will find themselves without childcare in the new year,” says Mr English.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news