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Rajen Prasad once again shows his political colour

Judith Collins MP - National Party Families Spokeswoman

27 January 2005

Rajen Prasad once again shows his political colours

"Families Commission boss Rajen Prasad is clearly protecting his own job with his misguided outburst today attacking Don Brash," says National Party Families spokeswoman Judith Collins.

"Rajen Prasad wouldn't have a job if it hadn't been for Helen Clark's desperation to keep United Future on side.

"This latest outburst can only be seen as confirming the Commission's role as an extension of the Labour Government.

"It's nothing short of an outrage that the Chief Families Commissioner is defending the current DPB structure in such an overtly political manner.

"Hard working taxpayers have every right to expect those receiving a welfare cheque will perform their duties as responsible parents.

"Why shouldn't parents be held accountable if they knowingly allow their children to remain truant?

"Why shouldn't beneficiary parents be expected to present their children to the doctor and dentist for regular checks, like every other responsible parent?

"Dr Prasad should be making a more balance contribution to this discussion. Instead, he has chosen to play politics," says Ms Collins.

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