Family First NZ is questioning why the National-led government is advertising for a new Children’s Commissioner with the upcoming retirement of Dr Cindy Kiro.
“This is a perfect opportunity to create a Minister for Families at the cabinet table,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“It is time that families were given the status they deserve. Previous governments have tinkered with a Children’s Commissioner and a Families Commissions, both which have been unable to, or have failed to, fully represent the concerns and needs of families.”
“It has failed to acknowledge that families and children are not mutually exclusive.”
“National also campaigned on reducing unnecessary government spending and bureaucracy. The Commission costs $2.5 million each year and was driven simply by U.N.-ideology. It has no legislative teeth and can’t advocate for individual families. Commissions are simply a way of saying ‘we acknowledge you but we’re not going to give you too much authority or input’.”
“A Minister of Families at the Cabinet table will be party to all decisions made which affect families.”
“We currently have Cabinet Ministers for disabled, senior citizens, youth, Maori, veterans, women’s affairs – even the rugby world cup. It’s time we stopped paying lip service to our most important asset – strong families,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“It’s time the government put families at the head table.”