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

 

Families Commission out of touch with NZ families

25 May 2006

Families Commission out of touch with NZ families

The Family First Lobby is questioning whether the Families Commission is really supporting, and speaking on behalf of, NZ families. Families Commissioner Rajen Prasad could have chosen his words more carefully before describing responsible acts of parental discipline as “assault”.

His submission to the “anti smacking” Bill Select Committee today was insulting and demeaning to the vast majority of parents who are able to physically discipline their children without ‘beating’ them.

The Family First Lobby is disappointed that the Families Commission has chosen not to support the families for whom it was created to represent. Instead it seems to believe that the state is better able than NZ parents to decide how their kids should be corrected and directed. Any reasonable person (including jurists) understands what reasonable force means!

The argument presented that the police will not prosecute “trivial” cases involving smacking is specious and unsubstantiated.

The Families Commissioner should know that even under the current law (s59), children have been removed from their parents or caregivers by Child Youth and Family, even when found by courts to have used reasonable force. The Family First Lobby calls on the Families Commission to represent the voice of NZ families.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages