Parliament

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

 

Nurturing our kids and our future

June 29 2005

Nurturing our kids and our future

Ending child poverty and repealing Section 59 are key planks of the Green Party's Children's Policy, launched today.

"Every Kiwi kid deserves a fair go," Green Children's Issues Spokesperson Sue Bradford says, "which is why improving the lot of children is a priority for us this election year".

"The Greens are determined that young people are nurtured and given every chance to succeed in life."

Key aspects of the Children's Policy for the 2005 election are:
- Eliminating child poverty by 2010;
- Repealing Section 59 of the Crimes Act, which currently provides child abusers with a defence of "reasonable force";
- Encouraging a more child-friendly workplace culture, so parents can spend more time with their kids;
- Decreasing children's exposure to violence on TV;
- Defending the right of solo parents to remain on the DPB while children are growing up.

"There are many threats to the wellbeing of New Zealand children and the Greens will be working hard this year to ensure those threats are nullified," Ms Bradford says.

"New Zealanders face the prospect of a National-led Government, which would be a disaster for Kiwi kids. Recent comments from Don Brash show he is relaxed about more child poverty and that he is so determined to get single mums off the DPB he considers adopting their kids out a viable alternative.

"These are alarming views from a man who clearly cares more about bolstering the pay packets of his rich mates than looking after our most vulnerable children."

Ms Bradford says implementation of the Greens' Children Policy would ensure that every child in New Zealand had the opportunity to prosper.

"Whether it's because they are beaten by parents who the Police can't prosecute or because they're living in abject poverty, far too many Kiwi kids are not getting the start in life they deserve. We must urgently repeal Section 59 so all child abusers can be brought to justice, and move to end child poverty so that no Kiwi kid goes hungry.

"We're also concerned that parents don't have enough time to spend with their children, and have plans to tackle this, from introducing flexible working hours legislation and ensuring that single parents retain the right to stay on the DPB."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election