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

 


Government left red-faced? Probably not

Jacinda
ARDERN
Children’s Spokesperson
Social Development Spokesperson
10 April 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Government left red-faced? Probably not

UNICEF’s latest report card on the well-being of children should embarrass the government into rethinking its stance on child poverty, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Spokesperson for Children, Jacinda Ardern, says.
“New Zealand is one of just six countries that doesn’t collect enough data to fully measure how well our kids are doing compared with the rest of the world.

“The Government might like to pretend it is addressing child poverty, but when it doesn’t use standard international measures that compare not only how Kiwi kids are doing, but how it is also doing with regards to protecting those kids, then there’s something wrong.

“Where we do collect enough information, the report shows we are doing badly in many areas we should be ranking far higher in.

“One of them is the number of young people not in any form of education, training or employment, where we are ranked close to the bottom, alongside countries like Greece.

“Interestingly the report also points out that there doesn’t ‘appear to be a strong relationship between per capita and over-all child well-being’, indicating that despite the much used excuses of ‘the global financial crisis’ and ‘tough economic times’, countries – such as the Netherlands and Finland – that have chosen to make children a priority have produced positive results.

“Social Development Minister, Paula Bennett, and her Government colleagues could demonstrate a real commitment to children’s well-being by adopting my Bill on child poverty, which sets out a plan to measure, and set targets to improve the outcomes for our kids.

“It’s time we stood up and showed that we’re willing to address this issue, so that the next scorecard is both an honest reflection of what is happening here, and forces the Government’s hand into acting, rather than just talking.”



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news