Families Are Not a Token Gesture

Media Release 5 Nov 2011
Family First NZ says that the Families Commission should either be strengthened and fine-tuned to produce research and advocacy which reflects the concerns of families, or it should be totally scrapped along with the Children’s Commissioner, and a Minister of Families appointed.

‘To play around with the Families Commission as a bargaining tool for coalition deals sends the underlying message that families aren’t a high priority,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “A token one-person Commission is simply an insult to our most important state asset – families.”

“National and United Future should either be demanding that the Families Commission deliver quality research and policy advice, or they should scrap it altogether and appoint a Minister for Families – which is our preference.”

We currently have Cabinet Ministers for disabled, senior citizens, youth, Maori, veterans, women’s affairs – even the rugby world cup. It’s time we stopped paying lip service to our most important asset – strong families raising great kids,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“It’s time the government put families at the head table rather than treating them as a bargaining chip.”
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One commissioner will sharpen focus
Newstalk ZB 6/12/2011
The Chief Families Commissioner thinks the organisation will get on just fine with one commissioner instead of four. Three commissioners will lose their job as part of the confidence and supply agreement between National and United Future. Commissioners include chief Carl Davidson, Christine Rankin, James Prescott and Robyn Scott….Family First says using the Families Commission as a bargaining tool for coalition deals sends the message that families aren’t a high priority. Director Bob McCoskrie says the commission should be strengthened and fine-tuned to produce research and advocacy which reflects the actual concerns of families. Or, he says, it should be totally scrapped along with the Children’s Commissioner, and a Minister of Families appointed. 
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=210409