Court ruling shows law should never have been passed

Jul 24, 2015 Comments Off on Court ruling shows law should never have been passed Barbara Ward

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 ...

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Child poverty package facts hidden

Jul 13, 2015 Comments Off on Child poverty package facts hidden Barbara Ward

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 ...

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Child abuse stats reveal tragic truth

Jul 8, 2015 Comments Off on Child abuse stats reveal tragic truth Barbara Ward

The Government has scored an own goal with its report card on Better Public Service Targets only highlighting its failure to tackle child abuse, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says. “One of National’s top 10 goals, set out in a ‘to-do’ list three years ago was to reduce the number of children experiencing physical abuse ...

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Courthouse closures hitting regions

Jun 26, 2015 Comments Off on Courthouse closures hitting regions Barbara Ward

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. “Since coming into office, the Government ...

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Straight answers needed on CYF role

Jun 24, 2015 Comments Off on Straight answers needed on CYF role Barbara Ward

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 ...

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Pressure forces Government’s hand on CYF care

Jun 11, 2015 Comments Off on Pressure forces Government’s hand on CYF care Barbara Ward

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. “It is pleasing but somewhat bizarre that ...

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How many victims missing out on protection?

May 25, 2015 Comments Off on How many victims missing out on protection? Barbara Ward

Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for the purposes of getting a protection order, had their applications turned down. “A protection ...

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Budget silent on small business

May 22, 2015 Comments Off on Budget silent on small business Barbara Ward

The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by SMEs last year - no government should take that for granted. “If we are to ...

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Big risks as CYF checks stopped

May 20, 2015 Comments Off on Big risks as CYF checks stopped Barbara Ward

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. “It ...

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Historic abuse victims deserve real justice

May 7, 2015 Comments Off on Historic abuse victims deserve real justice Barbara Ward

Victims who have been abused while in state care and have waited years for resolution will not find it in today’s announcement from Anne Tolley, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The Government’s ‘fast tracked’ process for historic abuse claims comes with some enormous caveats. “Anyone who signs up to it will have their ...

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