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“Muddled” and “confusing” Bill must be fixed


Jacinda Ardern
Mt Albert MP

Deputy Leader
MEDIA STATEMENT

15 March 2017

“Muddled” and “confusing” Bill must be fixed

Labour supports the Children’s Commissioner’s calls for Anne Tolley’s reform of the CYFs Bill to be overhauled, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern.

“Andrew Becroft called for priority around kin care to be placed back in the Bill, and for whanau placement to be better resourced otherwise he says the Bill could lead to deep division and ‘set us back’.

“The Children’s Commissioner joins the Māori Women’s Welfare League, the Law Society, UNICEF and social service providers in the call for substantial changes to the Bill.

“Andrew Becroft called the Bill “muddled” and “confusing” and I agree.

“We cannot support a Bill that talks about the importance of a child’s cultural identity and links to their whanau, but then does not follow through in practice.

“From the beginning, we told the Minister we wanted to find a way forward, but we would not support a bill that ignored evidence, let alone the voice of young people, families and Māori.

“A workable solution means prioritising family, proper assessments, and much more intensive support around families who are kin carers. This would be a significant change from the current dump and run approach.

We urge the Minister to listen to the views and evidence presented to select committee today – we can do better than this,” says Jacinda Ardern.

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