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DPB recovery is not Child Support


26 August 2004

Jim Nicolle NZ Child Support Reform Network

DPB recovery is not Child Support

Given the fundamental flaws of the Child Support Act 1991, it is not surprising that mothers refuse to lodge a so call Child Support application. Commented Jim Nicolle, spokesperson for the New Zealand Child Support Reform Network.

Let's call a spade a spade. The Child Support Act 1991 is focused on collecting money, not on supporting our children, and is nothing more than a tax applied to 'liable' parents. The bulk of this child tax is extracted to the consolidated fund to recover the DPB.

A parent can be paying thousands of dollars a year in compulsory assessment, via this unfair and unreasonable regime, knowing that it never reaches their children.

Labour should be honest and admit that this legislation is failing our children, depriving them of a financial future, and placing them at risk that can be avoided. Nicolle stated.

Parents do not object to supporting their children, they do object to being viewed as working chequebooks by the Labour Government. Its time this dated and fundamentally flawed Child Support Regime was replaced by a fair and reasonable child support system that focused on supporting our children, not benefit recovery. Concluded Nicolle

ENDS


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