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Party congratulates CPAG on Challenge to Govt

Maori Party congratulates CPAG on Challenge to Government

Friday 19th May 2006

Tariana Turia, Co-leader, Maori Party

The Maori Party today spoke out about the courageous action of the Child Poverty Action Group [CPAG] in taking legal action against the Government’s Working for Families package.

Mrs Turia attended the CPAG Post-Budget Breakfast in Auckland this morning, at which the growing inequality between the ‘haves and have nots’ featured as a major response to Budget 2006.

“Our people have been so disheartened by such a bland budget with nothing in it for Maori” said Tariana Turia, co-leader Maori Party.

“We had hoped, in light of the Special Rapporteur’s damning report, that this Government would address the serious inequities existing between Maori and non-Maori, and in particular, for our most vulnerable children, but no, it was not to be ”.

“Tamariki Maori and Pasifika are disproportionately discriminated against by the 'In Work Payment' policy of the minority Government” stated Tariana Turia, co-leader of the Maori Party.

“Tamariki Maori and Pasifika make up just over half of those who are excluded from the In Work Payment” said Mrs Turia.

“In the midst of a bad budget, to learn that the High Court has upheld the right of CPAG to take legal action against the Government for its Working for Families package is great news, and we congratulate all involved for standing up for the rights of those families and children who have been forced into poverty”.


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