The best legacy the Prime Minister can leave New Zealand is to give parents an extra eight weeks with their new babies by backing my paid parental leave bill, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“The Government knows families with new babies need more support. That’s why it has announced two half measures – part of its usual tactic to appear as if it is listening to what the public want.
Thousands of parents of multiple babies and babies with disabilities will miss out on much-needed extra support after National broke another promise to extend their paid parental leave entitlements, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“In February my proposal to extend 26 weeks paid parental leave to these families – and those with premature babies – was voted down by ACT Leader David Seymour after National promised their bill would do the same.
An OIA revealing more than 600 dangerous incidents at a CYFs run youth justice facility in Christchurch, Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo, is proof of last month’s damning report by the Children’s Commissioner, but also shows that Ministers have known about these issues for years, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
"Information obtained by Labour reveals hundreds of incidents, including serious assaults, drug use, and self-harm at Te Puna Wai in the last year.
John Key’s threat that he might use a financial veto against the Bill that will introduce 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave is premature and based on inflated costings, says the bill’s sponsor, Labour ‘s Sue Moroney.
“The Government keeps saying my bill will cost $140 million a year, but agreed costings among all the parties on the select committee last year showed that each tranche of four weeks costs around $46 million more to implement.
A damning conclusion by the Children’s Commissioner today that ‘we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good’ should make fixing CYFs a top priority for this Government, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“The first public annual report released by the Children’s Commissioner paints a terrible picture of the experience children and young people have in care.
The Government still has no idea what it’s going to cost community and voluntary groups to get a waiver from the fees police will charge to carry out checks on their staff and volunteers, says Labour’s Community and Voluntary spokesperson Poto Williams.
“In answers to written questions it’s clear that Minister Woodhouse has no answers about the costs. He doesn’t know what sort of staff resources will be needed and just what the appeal process will be for people who lose waiver decisions.
Families with multiple babies, and those born prematurely or with disabilities, are the winners from moves to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks but the Government must give all babies the same head start in life, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
National is reportedly preparing to include extended support for these families in its Employment Standards Legislation Bill currently before Parliament.
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.