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Child Support Debt Hits $873 Million

Posted on 17 Nov 2004
ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today called on the Labour Government to get tough on child support defaulters, in light of new information showing unpaid child support debt is set to hit $1 billion.

Lower Taxes Answer To Ending Child Poverty

Posted on 14 Nov 2004
ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today said that the best way to eradicate child poverty in New Zealand would be to lower taxes.  

Care Of Children Bill Shatters Hopes And Dreams

Posted on 09 Nov 2004
ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today expressed sympathy for fathers and children throughout the country, who have been hoping against hope that the Government would introduce changes to make our Family Law fairer.

Recidivism Study Highlights Need For Reform

Posted on 08 Nov 2004
ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today said a report, that shows nearly two-thirds of recidivist offenders have demonstrated anti-social behaviour by the age of 13, highlights the urgent need for a reform of the welfare system and family law.

Moment Of Truth For Shared-Parenting

Posted on 05 Nov 2004
ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today accused Labour, United Future, New Zealand First and the Greens of giving Kiwi fathers false hope about their support for Shared-Parenting.

Give Beneficiaries A Chance

Posted on 03 Nov 2004
If Labour truly wanted to ease the country’s chronic worker shortage, it would not ignore the fact that there are more than 100,000 able-bodied New Zealanders currently paid to do nothing – when they would prefer to be working, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

No Denying Causes Of CYF Escapes

Posted on 02 Nov 2004
New information on the number of escapes from Child, Youth and Family facilities show that this Government is failing to keep troubled children and young people safe in its care, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

Welfare Flaws For All The World To See

Posted on 30 Oct 2004
Speech to ACT Scenic South Regional Conference; Rydges Lakeland Hotel; 38 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown; Saturday October 30, 2004.

Labour Ignores 130,000-Strong Latent Workforce

Posted on 28 Oct 2004
It is easy to see the Labour Government’s failure in the welfare portfolio when it takes an international organisation to point out the flaws in our system, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

Maharey Must See OECD Report For What It Is

Posted on 27 Oct 2004
ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today urged Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey to see the OECD report ‘Babies and Bosses’ for what it is – an incentive to help sole parents move back into work.
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