The United Nation’s report on the state of children in New Zealand says they – the children – don’t have enough rights.
On the contrary, the problem isn’t a lack of rights for children but a lack of responsibility from some parents.
This was alluded to by Children’s Commissioner, John Angus, who told Breakfast (not yet on line) that one of the best things for children would be getting their parents off benefits and into paid work.
This is not an attack on the people who require temporary assistance. It is an indictment on those long term beneficiaries who expect hand outs without taking any responsibility in return, the one’s Macdoctor describes as the sub-culture of feral parents.
The hand wringers say the problem is that children are marginalised, they don’t have a voice and they can’t vote.
Their parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals and anyone else charged with caring and protecting them have loud voices and they all vote.
We also have a Families Commission and if the report does anything good it will be to show that the commission is a waste of money.
Even if it doesn’t do that, the report is an indictment on the failed policies of the noughties – the ones which bought votes by giving money to people in want rather than in genuine need.
These high tax and redistribute policies didn’t help children. They saddled them with a legacy of debt which is constraining the economy and will reduce opportunities for them as they grow up.