A planned change to the Coroners Act which means an inquest won’t be required when a death occurs in official care or custody is a backward step and weakens the important role coroners play, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The Coroner’s Amendment Bill has some major flaws.
Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Anne Tolley has inherited an untested programme that should never have got this far, and appears to be now trying to distance herself from Paula Bennett’s experiment.
A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has declared the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act 2010, which stops prisoners from voting, is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, which all laws should be in line with.
Claims by Anne Tolley that she had no idea how many Kiwi kids would be lifted out of poverty by the Government’s budget package have been contradicted by documents showing she was told numbers would be minimal, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
“This was National’s flagship budget announcement. Both John Key and Ms Tolley were at pains to point out that while they were unsure exactly what effect it would have on poverty, it would help many of the 60,000 to 100,000 children worst hit by hardship.
The Government’s decision to shut down up to eight regional courthouses, some supposedly only temporarily for seismic reasons, looks unlikely to be reversed, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The move has hit these regions hard, but appears to be a cost cutting exercise rather than a ‘re-strengthening’ one.
The Government needs to explain the role that Child, Youth and Family plays in cases where there is evidence that family violence was flagged as a concern, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
“The fact that CYF is refusing to share how involved the agency was – or wasn’t –in the lives of the children involved in the tragic death of Arun Kumar raises suspicions that alerts regarding family violence referrals are being overlooked or worse, ignored.
The Government’s sudden proposition to finally raise the age of young people under CYF care comes just months after it voted down attempts to do exactly that, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“It also comes just days after a petition calling for an increase attracted thousands of signatures.
Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees places enormous pressure on organisations working with children and it puts children at risk.