Govt response to Expert Advisory Group on Child Poverty
Government’s response to the Children’s
Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child
Government’s response to the
Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on
Solutions to Child Poverty
The National-led Government has
a proud record of putting children and their families first,
with targeted support to those who need it most.
track record spans across health, education, housing and
social development and is evident in the Government’s
consistent approach to the most vulnerable New
This commitment continues in Budget 2013 and
is set out in detail here, in the Government’s response to
the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on
Solutions to Child Poverty.
• Government's Response (pdf 470.24
[Scoop copy: Goverments_response_to_the_Childrens_Commissioners_EAG_report.pdf]
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