Parliament

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

 

Attempts to Shut Down Child Abuse Debate Shameful


Attempts to Shut Down Child Abuse Debate "Shameful" Says Newman

Monday 21st Aug 2000 Dr Muriel Newman Media Release -- Social Welfare

Attempts by the Government to shut down the head of Women’s Refuge, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, for speaking out about child abuse, is shameful and questions its commitment to ‘closing the gaps’, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Muriel Newman said today.

“One of the reasons New Zealand has such shocking child abuse statistics is because the issue has been shrouded in a veil of ignorance,” Dr Newman. Said.

“Everyone pretends that it is not happening and that is why the problem is now exploding in front of us.

“When the Government ignores child abuse, it is no better than those families whose children are being abused and who fail to speak out – it is simply shameful.”

Dr Newman said domestic violence and child abuse were one of the biggest social problems facing the country.

“They are transmitted from one generation to another and until families admit that the problem exists and accept responsibility for changing their behaviour, the cycle will not be broken.”

Dr Newman said Maori were over-represented in domestic violence statistics and Merepeka Raukawa-Tait in particular has had the courage to speak out against the acceptance of violence within Maori whanau.

“She has called for Maori leadership to stop turning a blind eye to the problem and deserves praise for her courage, not criticism,” Dr Newman said.

She said Ms Raukawa-Tait’s attitude was also in sharp contrast to the Prime Minister who had blamed child abuse on poverty.

“The Prime Minister’s statement that child abuse is caused by poverty is simply ideological rubbish,” said Dr Newman. “We now have the Prime Minister, the Minister of Maori Affairs and the Associate Minister of Maori Affairs, all looking to hide behind a veil of ignorance and avoid a serious social issue that will haunt us well into the future.”

Dr Newman said she would not sit back and let the Government shut down the debate on the issue and indeed the Government's actions called into question its very ability to carry out the core policy of “closing the gaps.”

Dr Newman said she would also be seeking the support of all key non-government organisations, for a parliamentary select committee into child abuse “before more tragedies occur.”

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Traffic Light Levels Announced


The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why An Attack On Iran Is Back On The Agenda


Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus meeting today. You know how it goes: Luxon doesn’t quite have the numbers, so his people start talking to the media to make him seem like the smart bet. Or even perhaps: Luxon hasn't got the numbers, and his people start talking to the media to talk up his support so that he gets a nicer consolation prize... More>>




 
 

Government: Delivers Reactivation Package As Aucklanders Reconnect For Summer
A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash... More>>



Government: Crown Accounts Reflect Strong Economy Amid Pandemic

The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year... More>>

ALSO:

National: Christopher Luxon Elected Party Leader
Christopher Luxon has been elected Leader of the New Zealand National Party, alongside Nicola Willis as Deputy Leader. “It is a tremendous privilege to lead our great party, and I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me,” Mr Luxon says... More>>

Waitangi National Trust: Waitangi Week
The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi commemorations... More>>


Freedom Camping: Making Sure People Are Up To Play With Changes
People interested in finding out how the proposed improvements to freedom camping might affect them are being invited to an information-sharing webinar... More>>

AUT: Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid
In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels