Quote of the day

August 28, 2015

. . . The nature of CYF is chaotic because it deals with chaotic people. The organisation is in crisis because it exists to respond to crisis. No law changes, or system revamps, or ‘best practice’ applications will change that.

I feel sorry for the people who work with deeply dysfunctional families. The best of them burn out, and the worst become desensitized.

This latest from the Commissioner, and then s panel to “transform” CYF are just part and parcel of the ongoing drama that is chasing the tail of  inter-generational social malaise driven by paying people to have babies. . .Lindsay Mitchell

She was responding to the release of The Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills’s State of Care report.

Failed policies of noughties didn’t help children

January 21, 2011

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.

BSA judgement for free speech

January 14, 2009

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has dismissed a complaint  by Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro against talkback host Michael Laws.

Dr Kiro had complained to the BSA the Laws’ remarks on the programme were unbalanced and unfair to her.

She argued that the programme “often cast aspersions on (her) competence” and that she was personally mentioned more than 50 times during the three-hour talkback programme.

But the BSA said listeners would not expect a range of balanced views from Laws’ talkback.

It said the host’s criticisms were not unfair in the robust talkback environment.

“Indeed, it is an essential element of free speech that even the most trenchant criticism of public figures be allowed,” the authority said. “As an appointed official carrying out a public function, Dr Kiro’s work and her conduct were appropriately the subject of scrutiny, comment and criticism.”

The authority agreed with the broadcaster that talkback was a means for the public to express their views on a range of issues. There was no requirement for those views to be well-informed, balanced or considered.

Radio Live, which broadcasts Laws’ show is claiming this judgement as a victory for free speech, as it is.

Like it or not talkback is full of ill-informed, unbalanced and ill considered rants and while it might not seem fair the public, which includes talkback hosts, has the right to criticise people in public positions.

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