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

 

CPAG welcomes legal precedent for advocacy

November 30th, 2006

CPAG welcomes legal precedent for advocacy in New Zealand

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has welcomed yesterday's decision by the Crown not to appeal recent High Court findings in CPAG's favour.

CPAG Director Janfrie Wakim notes all parties have now affirmed the right of non-government organizations to bring legal action on behalf of victims of discrimination. "CPAG feels privileged to have been part of these groundbreaking decisions for social justice advocacy in NZ," she says.

"The Crown has now accepted the courts' clear and consistent message - that affected individuals who are already disadvantaged by discrimination should not be compelled to fight their own legal battles as well," said Catherine Rodgers, Assistant Director of Human Rights Proceedings.

Following yesterday's removal of this final legal obstacle, CPAG is looking forward to its chance to argue that the government's In Work Payment discriminates against some children, says Ms Wakim.

"The basis of our case is that children's needs are the same, whether or not parents are able to work. It is time to support all New Zealand's children including those whose parents may not be able to work," she says.

The legal action follows the group's evidence that discrimination in public policy has contributed to New Zealand's worsening inequalities. Economics spokesperson Donna Wynd noted that the discrimination introduced by the National-led government of 1996, with the Child Tax Credit has not been removed.

"On the contrary, it has been extended by the In-Work Payment (IWP). Roughly 230,000 children do not qualify for the generous IWP because of their parents' work status, and the majority of them rely on below poverty-level incomes. The IWP leaves them further behind their peers and can mean a lifetime of disadvantage," she said.

Summary of previous decisions in the case:
. Following a preliminary hearing in 2005, CPAG won access to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
. The Crown disputed the right of public interest groups like CPAG to bring cases to the Tribunal by appealing that decision. The appeal was unsuccessful.
. The Crown subsequently requested a judicial review of the Tribunal's decision. The review was heard on October 16th of this year and its decision, in CPAG's favour, was delivered on the 6th of November.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>

 

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels