Parliament

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

 

Short term thinking won’t solve problems

Annette KING
Social Policy spokesperson
1 August 2011

Short term thinking won’t solve problems

Labour’s Social Policy spokesperson Annette King says she’s bitterly disappointed with the Prime Minister’s refusal to join a cross-party approach on child welfare.

“I’m hugely saddened that the Prime Minister has again rejected our offer to work across the political spectrum to find an enduring solution to New Zealand’s problems of child abuse and under-achievement,” Annette King said.

“Labour is very keen to take a long-term, evidence-based approach to make sure all of New Zealand’s children get the best start in life. We’ve done the work and the evidence points to this being one of the best investments our country can make.

“But a far-reaching goal such as this cannot be achieved in one or even two political terms; to succeed it needs the certainty only a bipartisan approach can give.

“It is time to put politics aside, or at the least open up some serious discussion around this issue and find some common ground between political parties.

“It was a blow to hear the Prime Minister this morning dismissing a cooperative approach on the grounds that a comprehensive set of policies would require money up front but not deliver results immediately.

“The starting point should be to get agreement on what needs to be done and how it is to be achieved. Then we can have the public debate about whether children are worth the investment.

“If he is not prepared to take the advice of another political party, then I am asking him to listen to the growing chorus of parents, experts and practitioners in the field of child development and welfare. They are telling us – the politicians - to get over ourselves and stop the bickering.

“They are saying loud and clear that New Zealand needs a long-term solution to the problems of child abuse and children’s underachievement – and that requires the whole country to work together,” Annette King said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>

 


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

Government: Cabinet Accepts Turkish Authorities’ Request For The Managed Return Of Three NZ Citizens

Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year... More>>

ALSO:


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels