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

 


Free contraception policy poorly planned

Jacinda
ARDERN
Social Development Spokesperson
31 January 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Free contraception policy poorly planned

The fact that just six women from Auckland and only 35 nationally have taken up Paula Bennett’s ‘contraception for beneficiaries’ has nothing to do with the non-promotion of it, but everything to do with it being an ill-conceived, political stunt, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The take-up rate shows what a botched, politically-focused policy this actually is.

“Paula Bennett reasons the low uptake is due to Work and Income not actively promoting the scheme.

“I would suggest it’s because women are being asked to stump up – hundreds of dollars in some cases – then take the invoice to Work and Income to get a refund.

“Not only are these women on extremely limited incomes, Work and Income should never have been in the picture.

“Labour supports improving access to birth control, but to target those on the benefit is pointless and wrong. This should have been about helping all low income women, not just those on benefits, and certainly not via a Work and Income case manager.

“If the Government was genuine in wanting to improve access to contraception for people on low incomes, then it should have based the scheme on the Community Services card.

“The scheme was never about helping women. It was about political posturing and the take-up rate proves that.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news