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Every Child Counts welcomes Labour’s children’s policy

Published: Tue 8 Nov 2011 11:26 AM
Every Child Counts welcomes Labour’s children’s policy
Every Child Count’s spokesperson, Liz Gibbs welcomed the announcement of Labour’s children’s policy launched yesterday.
‘The policy is comprehensive, addresses all the key issues, and represents just the sort of major investment in children that is required if New Zealand is to turn around its appalling children’s statistics,’ continued Liz Gibbs.
‘We may make more detailed comment after we have subjected the policy announcement to detailed scrutiny, but in the meantime it is clear that Labour has been listening carefully to what child advocates have been saying.’
‘The policy represents a challenge to the other political parties to put children at the centre of their policy announcements. We notice that the Greens have immediately welcomed the policy announcement and we watch responses from others.’
‘Such a shift of resources to the early years of childhood represents sound investment in New Zealand’s future. Healthier, well-cared for and better educated children become productive and socially engaged adults and future parents. It is just such an investment that is going to break the inter-generational welfare dependency that is of political concern,’ concluded Liz Gibbs.

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