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

 


D grade warns that time for action on child poverty is now

D grade is warning that time for action on child poverty is now

The Salvation Army’s ‘D’ grade for the Government’s lack of progress on child poverty must be seen as the final warning and that the time to act is now, the Green Party said today.

“A ‘D’ for child poverty is a failure for our kids, there is no other way to read it,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“How many more reports cataloguing its failure to address child poverty does the National Government need before it will step outside of its denial politics and do something about it?

“This must be the last alarm bell that gets the Government moving on child poverty.

“The time for action is now.

“The Salvation Army, in its State of the Nation report, says that, despite the growing concern of New Zealanders, little has been achieved in reducing the rates of child poverty and improving housing.

“It calls these problems a ticking time-bomb that will ultimately harm the future of all New Zealanders.

“The report shows that while some indicators are improving for our kids, others are getting worse and that child poverty remains basically unchanged. More children are relying on food banks to survive and more kids are suffering violence and abuse.

“Inequality will be the defining issue this election, and the National Government is being shown up for failing to even recognise that it is a problem.

“It was Government decisions that caused poverty to double over the past 30 years, and Government action is required to restore the balance for our kids.

“The Green Party will establish legislation to eradicate child poverty, and make ministers accountable for making real progress against real targets.

“A ‘D’ grade is nowhere near good enough for our children. We can and we must make children the absolute priority and make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world to grow up for all our children,” Mrs Turei said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Inauguration: Donald Trump Takes The Presidential Oath

A Transcript by Lyndon Hood.

DONALD TRUMP: Let's get this over. I'm in a hurry for everyone to clap me and then I have a party and later some President stuff I would like to do. You would not believe the cuts.

SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS: This is a dignified occasion, Sir. No need to be rushing.

DT: I am no way Russian! Not that there's anything wrong with that. Putin? Great guy! And everyone on my team tells me the Russians are great to work with and what great ideas they have. The best people. Classy, too. The hotels...

SC: If we could move on. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news