Fonterra’s decision to extend its payment period for contractors is a blow to small businesses already struggling due to the plunging payout’s effect on farmers and rural communities, says Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“It’s a tough time for small business contractors, especially those working in the rural sector. Cashflow is king for these companies so it is extremely disappointing for Fonterra to push out payment times.
The Justice Minister must immediately bring forward her review of Family Court law reforms to stop the massive disparities and delays they’ve caused for families and children, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Labour raised concerns with Amy Adams almost a year ago about a dramatic increase in urgent applications to the court, the huge number of families who seemed to be disappearing from the system without their disputes being resolved and court delays.
The Children’s Commissioner today admitted the current monitoring and inspection of Child, Youth and Family residences is insufficient and could be putting children at risk, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Dr Russell Wills today told a select committee that ongoing financial constraints last year meant annual inspections had dropped back to every 18 months – and admitted that was not often enough.
A review into how Child Youth and Family handled the ‘roastbusters’ case highlights how the victims were overlooked while agencies debated whose role it was to intervene and on what basis, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“There has obviously been a major breakdown in communication between CYFS and the police. Even if the police felt they couldn’t bring any prosecutions there was definitely scope for CYFS to intervene, and they didn’t.
A university lecturer and author of an award winning book on the history of patched gangs in New Zealand who has had requests for information denied by police is owed both an explanation and apology, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Jarrod Gilbert is known in academic circles around the world for his work on gang culture and is a trustee of the New Zealand Public Interest Project which investigates mistakes in the justice system.
Labour firmly supports the call by UNICEF today to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an agreement we signed 22 years ago, but are a long way from fulfilling, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“UNICEF has highlighted New Zealand’s failings with a powerful campaign titled ‘Make my Future Fair.’
Legislation passed under urgency to have New Zealanders with criminal records monitored when they're sent back from Australia contains some glaring holes, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“We have a plane load of 20 deportees arriving back in New Zealand this week, and here we are debating a hastily drafted bill, that will have gaps as a result. For starters, there is nothing about reintegrating prisoners. Being in work or training, having somewhere to live and having community support are crucial to preventing reoffending.