September 03, 2015
Child advocates question welfare state
The Child Poverty Action Group wants to see the principles underlying New Zealand's superannuation system applied to child welfare.
The group along with Auckland university's paediatrics department and the Retirement Policy and Research Centre are holding a summit in Auckland next week on the topic, Welfare fit for families in a changing world.
Spokesperson Mike O’Brien says as well as looking at the underlying basis of current policy, it will look at recent developments in Australia and assess the impact on Maori.
He says almost all social policy would look different if children’s needs took priority.
Associate Professor O'Brien says the principles of simplicity, equity, adequacy, neutrality, efficiency and generosity which underpin New Zealand superannuation have served older New Zealanders well and should be applied to how we how we treat our children.
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