Parliament

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

 

Dyson Must Accept Blame For CYF's Failings

Dyson Must Accept Blame For CYF's Failings

Wednesday 17 Dec 2003 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today accused CYF Minister Ruth Dyson of a whitewash, following the release of two CYFS reports into the tragic deaths of Kelly Gush and Tamaiti Pokaia.

"These reports - released today - are nothing more than another whitewash. Once again, no one has been held directly responsible. CYF has attempted to pass the blame off to schools, health providers, even the Family Court, but the basic facts remain the same - two more children are dead following its failure to act," Dr Newman said.

"Until there are proper lines of accountability, and we have a government that accepts that the buck stops with the Minister, there will be little change in the way the Department operates.

"Under this Minister, those concerns are even more serious. Ms Dyson, since her appointment, has refused to accept Ministerial responsibility for CYF. Essentially, the Government has washed its hands of New Zealand's child welfare agency - a department that the Government's own Baseline Review has described as `verging on dysfunctional'.

"This situation in completely untenable. The Government must accept that it is running a department that has statutory powers over families and children. As such, Ms Dyson must be held responsible and accountable. If the Department is found to be failing to operate professionally and competently, then her head must roll.

"The reports have highlighted the tragic consequences caused by the breakdown in basic practices such as information sharing and gathering. It once again reinforces the need for a complete overhaul of CYF.

"Until child welfare in New Zealand is rebuilt as a one-stop-shop community-based family agency with social workers, police, education professionals and health providers, working together as a team in a collaborative matter to eliminate child abuse, then there will be more child deaths.

"Hand-ringing reports, like the two released today, will ensure New Zealand continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world to raise our children," Dr Newman said.

ENDS

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

Gordon Campbell: On The Case For Nationalising Our Urban Bus Services


When it comes to funding and managing public transport, should local government or central government bear most of the responsibility for delivering a quality service? Ratepayers or taxpayers? Those basic questions re-surfaced yesterday, after the government announced its intention to scrap the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) imposed by the last National government in 2013. That model had required councils to use private contractors to run the buses, via a cut-throat competitive tendering process...
More>>




 
 

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>



Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>



Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>


National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels