Care of Children Bill cares in name only

Published: Sat 6 Nov 2004 03:22 PM
Judith Collins National Party Families Spokeswoman
5 November 2004
Care of Children Bill cares in name only
National's Families spokeswoman, Judith Collins, says the Government's Care of Children Bill, which will pass into law next week, cares for children in name only.
Ms Collins says that in an attempt to redefine 'family' Labour is undermining the requirements of being a parent or guardian.
"Sadly, it's now a case of having of a relationship with a child's mother, picking them up from school a few times, hanging around for a year, and filling out a form.
"To share a property in a de facto relationship takes three years, but to share someone else's child will now only take one year."
Ms Collins says our kids deserve better.
"Parenting is about responsibilities and a lifetime commitment - being a figure in a child's life for a year doesn't cut it."

Next in New Zealand politics

A New National For New Zealand
By: New Zealand National Party
Cancer Society Hopes Final Pharmac Report Is Stronger
By: Cancer Society
New Zealand Response To Assist Peace And Stability In Solomon Islands
By: New Zealand Government
Child Poverty Monitor 2021 Highlights Persistent Inequities In Rates Of Child Poverty
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Bridges Appointed Finance & Infrastructure Spokesperson
By: New Zealand National Party
Waitangi Week
By: Waitangi National Trust
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media