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

 


Disabled NZers deserve a fair go

Disabled NZers deserve a fair go

Friday 3 Dec 2004

Dr Muriel Newman - Press Releases - Other

Disability Minister Ruth Dyson's claim that Labour is assisting disabled New Zealanders into paid work couldn't be further from the truth, ACT Deputy Leader Dr Muriel Newman said today.

Today in a press release marking the International Day of Disabled People, Ms Dyson said the Government's Disabled Persons Employment Promotion (Repeal and Related Matters) Bill will help disabled Kiwis into paid work.

"The fact is, in reality the Bill will put many disabled people out of work. Many sheltered workshops will be forced to close their doors should this draconian piece of legislation, supported by the trade unions, become law.

"This Bill proposes that anyone involved in an activity considered `work related' should receive the minimum wage. The problem is that many people who work in sheltered workshops have productivity challenges. This makes paying the minimum wage unaffordable. As a result, many of these workshops will be forced to close down.

"The Bill is a triumph for ideology over commonsense. Many thousands of New Zealanders will have their lives turned upside down if it is passed. I strongly urge people to visit www.disabledpersons.co.nz and sign my petition calling for more open and honest consultation on this Bill," Dr Newman said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news