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


Dunne corrects Collins - again

Friday, 25 November 2005

Dunne corrects Collins - again

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne expressed disappointment tonight that National's social welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins had succumbed again to the cheap and easy option of misrepresenting the Government's reforms on child support payments.

"Mrs Collins, in her speech in the House yesterday on the Child Support Amendment Bill, readily acknowledged that it was a legitimate effort to recover some of the more than one billion dollars owed to New Zealand children whose parents have left them," said Mr Dunne.

"Clearly, today she has received advice from her political minders that she should attack the government's proposals, even though she agrees with them.

"I am disappointed that Mrs Collins prefers to sacrifice the interests of New Zealand's abandoned children for her own petty political ambitions.

"She well knows that if, as she alleges, the Government forgives more than half a billion dollars of penalty payments from liable parents, then that would mean that every single one of New Zealand's liable parents has agreed to a payment schedule of their obligations and furthermore that they would maintain those payments over a lengthy period.

"In effect, New Zealand children would receive the full amount of almost half a billion dollars of the child support owed to them.

"I ask Mrs Collins: what is wrong with that?"

Mr Dunne said he well understood the need for Opposition parties to disagree, but it should not be at the expense of vulnerable New Zealand children and rational thought.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19: Govt Purchases Enough Pfizer Vaccines For Whole Country

The Government has guaranteed that every New Zealander will have access to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, after securing an additional 8.5 million doses, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

“The Government has signed an advance purchase agreement for 8.5 million additional doses, enough to vaccinate 4.25 million people... More>>


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>


Maori Party: New National Executive

This morning the Māori Party confirmed their new National Executive including Che Wilson, Fallyn Flavell, John Tamihere and Kaiarahi Takirua: Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer... More>>

Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>

Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels