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

 


Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach not working

6 May 2013

National’s ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach not working

The National Government’s rheumatic fever funding announcement is just a Band-Aid on another problem that it is avoiding tackling, the Green Party says.

The Government today announced more funding for rheumatic fever and for a home referral service.

“It is good to see more money directed at rheumatic fever but research shows more children are showing up at hospital with conditions that should not have got to that serious point,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tūrei said.

“A key reason children are getting sick is because they are living in cold damp houses. National will pay for people to get advice about how to seal off drafts but won’t act to make sure people have decent accommodation to live in.

“Under the Greens’ Home for Life scheme, rental homes would need a warrant of fitness that guarantees the house is insulated and weather-tight, and has heating before it can be rented out.

“Better public health services to prevent illness also need to be a higher priority. Ignoring the basic reasons why children in New Zealand get so sick and then funding measures to treat the problem at the other end is defeatist.

“Far more needs to be done, and urgently, especially for Māori and Pacific kids in deprived areas.

“New Zealand’s health bill is just going to grow under this National Government which buries its head in the sand about the causes of problems and just tries to sweep up the pieces.

“A Government the Green Party is part of will tackle the health issues at their core addressing both housing and poverty issues for New Zealand kids,” Mrs Tūrei said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Videos: Key's Flip-Flop Over Whale Oil Texts | Slater
Reaction: Greens | More
Dim-Post Link: The Very Odd Slightly Left Of Centre

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news