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.