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Dyson’s competence questioned in review

Judith Collins MP
National Party Welfare Spokeswoman

24 February 2006

Dyson’s competence questioned in review

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says the competence of Ruth Dyson, the Minister responsible for CYF, is being questioned by her own Ministerial colleagues.

“Labour has finally admitted, after six long years in office, that CYF isn’t delivering results despite a vast increase in spending under Ruth Dyson’s watch.

“Labour’s only answer is to order yet another review.”

Ms Collins is commenting on the attention CYF has been singled out for in a Cabinet paper released yesterday.

“When asked in Parliament about the underperformance of CYF, Ms Dyson’s previously defended the Department by saying it’s entering a phase of ‘performance excellence’.

“Clearly Ms Dyson’s colleagues now disagree with her definition of ‘performance excellence’.”

Ms Collins is also calling on the Government to conduct a transparent review, and carry out meaningful consultation with the National Party.

“Our at-risk kids and families are more important than party politics.

“What worries me is that any change Labour makes will be one for political expediency, to hide the numbers or disguise poor outcomes. Vulnerable children and families definitely don’t need more Labour-style bureaucracy,” says Ms Collins.


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