Parliament

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

 

Families Commission milestone

Media statement
For immediate release
Thursday, 7 February 2008

Families Commission milestone

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Families Commission parenting programme launched today marks the achievement of another plank of his party’s confidence and supply agreement the Labour-led Government.

Under the agreement, the Families Commission was charged with co-ordinating the development of new parenting education and relationship counselling programmes.

“I welcome today’s announcement as the achievement of that goal,” Mr Dunne said.

Speaking at the launch of the two-year programme, Mr Dunne said that parenting was the most important but often most undervalued role adults perform.

“I am extremely concerned that two-thirds of those surveyed by the Families Commission felt that the government, employers and society placed insufficient value on the importance of parenting.

“We have to turn that around, and become much more active in our support and recognition of all the factors that make for good parenting, rather than indulge in political cheap shots and stunts, or extreme positions, on single issues.

“All parents matter, no matter their circumstances, and all parents and families count equally as the building blocks of society.

“If you buy a car or a household appliance, it will come with not only a warranty, but also a full set of operating instructions, and detailed after sales service provisions.

“But become a parent and you are on your own - there is no after sales service programme, or warranty period – you are assumed to know it all.

“And if you dare ask for help or advice, then our caring society comes down on top of you as though you are the problem, you are the one who cannot cope, and you are the one failing as a parent,” Mr Dunne said.

Mr Dunne congratulated the Families Commission on this new programme.

“The challenge now is to all those, political parties included, who profess a concern for parents and families to show by backing this initiative to give greater recognition and value to the role of parenting today,” Mr Dunne said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election