With a fifth of small businesses hit by the fall in the dairy price it’s time the Government stopped being so complacent about the effects on the economy, says Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“MYOB’s latest Business Monitor shows 21 per cent of SMEs are feeling the effects of the fall in dairy prices. In rural areas this is 34 per cent but even Auckland and Christchurch are feeling the effects.
A Human Rights Tribunal ruling that New Zealand’s adoption laws are discriminatory is yet another reason why the Government needs to act urgently to reform the 60-year-old law, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Adoption Action took a case to the tribunal in 2013 and this week the Human Rights Tribunal agreed that in six areas the 1955 Act was discriminatory and contrary to the Human Rights Act and Bill of Rights Act.
Fonterra’s decision to extend its payment period for contractors is a blow to small businesses already struggling due to the plunging payout’s effect on farmers and rural communities, says Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“It’s a tough time for small business contractors, especially those working in the rural sector. Cashflow is king for these companies so it is extremely disappointing for Fonterra to push out payment times.
The Justice Minister must immediately bring forward her review of Family Court law reforms to stop the massive disparities and delays they’ve caused for families and children, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Labour raised concerns with Amy Adams almost a year ago about a dramatic increase in urgent applications to the court, the huge number of families who seemed to be disappearing from the system without their disputes being resolved and court delays.
The Children’s Commissioner today admitted the current monitoring and inspection of Child, Youth and Family residences is insufficient and could be putting children at risk, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Dr Russell Wills today told a select committee that ongoing financial constraints last year meant annual inspections had dropped back to every 18 months – and admitted that was not often enough.
A review into how Child Youth and Family handled the ‘roastbusters’ case highlights how the victims were overlooked while agencies debated whose role it was to intervene and on what basis, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“There has obviously been a major breakdown in communication between CYFS and the police. Even if the police felt they couldn’t bring any prosecutions there was definitely scope for CYFS to intervene, and they didn’t.