Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Kids Come First

Kids Come First

Many children returning to school have already been robbed of their human rights says Jim Bagnall, Children’s Rights spokesperson for The Republic of New Zealand Party (The Republicans)

Mr Bagnall said that of the one million school children in New Zealand, 300,000 are going solo.

“The justice system has separated these children from their parents.”

Mr Bagnall said that under sections 59-62 of the Care of Children Act 2004, the Family Court does not need any real evidence to marginalise either parent from the child.

“The damage being done to boys and girls can be seen in educational underachievement in the classroom,” Mr Bagnall said.

He said the basic the basic rights children are entitled to have are

• The right to life
• The right to a real Mum
• The right to a real Dad
• The right to real Families
• The right to love and to be loved in a real family with real parents
• The right to a future
• The right to spend (as near as possible) equal time with each parent when there is a split.

Mr Bagnall said The Republicans would enshrine these rights into New Zealand’s Constitution to ensure the rights of all children, particularly those in families that have split are protected.

“Our children are our future. They deserve better than they have been getting.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news