Dunne on Paid Parental Leave and childhood poverty

Peter Dunne: He’s probably one of my least favourite politicians, but kudos to him today. According to Checkpoint this evening Peter Dunne said one of the biggest things that could be done to prevent child poverty, and thus improve children’s health outcomes, would be to increase paid parental leave to 13 months. It’s nice to see politicians thinking bold solutions to childhood poverty.  Personally I think the main solutions are probably a combination of creating jobs and creating a less punitive benefit system. But extending parental leave by that much would also be a bold attempt to change our culture of childhood poverty.

2 thoughts on “Dunne on Paid Parental Leave and childhood poverty

  1. We dont have poverty in NZ. We do have poor people, in ‘poverty’ where ‘poverty’ is defined by some as a portion of the mean/median wage and which means that once can be living in a nice warm subsidised house with food and free mediacl car and be getting hundreds of dollars a week, and that is called ‘poverty’.

    But poverty as the UN defines it (no access to food, shleter, warmth), or as The Global Poverty Project define it (less that $2.25 a day), or as any repuitable organisation defines it simply does not exist in NZ.

    Trying to redfine the very real poverty that millions around the world suffer from, so that somebody on a benefit KFC counts as being in ‘poverty’, is highly offensive to those millions in real poverty. They’d give anything to be in ‘poverty’ and getting hundreds of dollars a week in benefits as the hordes of boatpeople can attest to. That is poverty.

    The sooner the tax-and redistributeres realise this, the sooner they wil gain some respect in the wider community and addressing real poverty will take a step forward.

  2. Yes it was a nice try by Dunne, but you have to have two parents in work to be getting paid parental leave.

    The children who are living in conditions of food insecurity, lacking adequate clothing or adequately heated or insulated homes, thus impacting on their health and education outcomes, are not the products of double-income parents. His suggestion, while nice for those who have a job to take leave from after childbirth, is not going to solve poverty-created issues for 270, 000 children as identified by the most recent surveys by MSD and other child support agencies.

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