Mon, 10 Sep 2012 6:05a.m.
Labour Leader David Shearer wants to stop pupils slipping through the net as he reveals his ideas to improve education.
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10/09/2012 8:41:27 p.m.
Yet what you are talking about is the minority of cases... the majority of cases are true cases of hardship and poverty.
The PECD has shown that New Zealand has the biggest wealth gap in the developed world.. it lists two causes... top earner tax cuts and attack on welfare systems.
Both of course are things National have done.
Going even further back... academics domestically and internationally all agree that true poverty became entrenched in New Zealand as a result of Nationals attacks on beneficiaries in the 1990's
Its hard to escape reality and the reality is National are the biggest cause of inequality in the country... not bad parents... though a small portion of bad parents do contribute to the problem.
10/09/2012 7:46:32 p.m.
I think we should be investing more resources into getting parents into providing for their children by their own means rather than look to the taxpayer to supply provisions such as food. Poverty has a multitude of courses, and some of their boil down to poor decisions being made, neglect, drugs and alcohol, etc. The taxpayer has every right to complain when their hard earned dollars are being squandered on reckless, irresponsible parents who abuse their kids by confining them to a life of poverty. Which is sad for all parties, really.
10/09/2012 6:25:35 p.m.
Shannon: You are a far better person by light years than Mike will ever be.
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