Parliament

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

 

Children Need a Role Model For Work - ACT

Wednesday 23rd Jun 1999

Media Release -- Other

Children Need a Role Model For Work - ACT

ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today said it's time to start focusing on the country's children by turning around the statistics just released that show almost a quarter of all children are growing up without the role model of a parent who gets up and goes to work every day.

"The Statistics New Zealand Report strengthens ACT's call for a strong welfare safety net that gives a hand up to work rather than a hand out.

"The priority for Maori and Pacific Island children and those in sole parent families is urgent with more than 40% of Maori children and 37.9% of Pacific Islands children growing up in homes where parents are unemployed. Two thirds of children in one parent families have a parent out of work compared with 9.6% of children in two parent families..

"The latest figures I have just received from the Government show that 24.6% of households in New Zealand now receive all of their income from State benefits. 44.7% of all households receive at least a portion of their income from the Government.

"These figures are really tough proof that our children are the real victims of our hand out rather than a hand up welfare policy.

"What we must do is look at these figures and ask how we can help those families back into work. We have taken far too long to turn welfare around so it doesn't trap the next generation onto the welfare rolls. These children must be the focus of a positive change to make sure they get the education and skills they need to reach their full potential.

"It is really important, as a part of that change, that they have their parents as role models for work.

"The only way out of poverty and dependency for these families is through work. It's time to start turning these figures around," said Muriel Newman. ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels