August 23rd, 2005

happy

Cos all the cool kids are talking about politics

From a submission on the amendments to the Child Support Act in 2001:

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Anyway, this got me riled enough to go looking on the parties' websites for any mention of a policy regarding Child Support and how it may be improved. Here's what I found.

National: "If the state does not adequately enforce child support payments by fathers unwilling to accept responsibility for their children’s support, then the burden will fall on taxpayers." Again with the 'enforcing' and the assumptions about it always being the father that has to pay. Sorry, no vote from me Don.

Labour: The Child Support Amendment Bill is a clear piece of electioneering in that it panders to the assumption that liable parents automatically dodge Child Support and must be 'brought into line' and has absolutely nothing in it for the responsible non-custodial parent who coughs up every week on time. Lots of benefits for the dodgers though. Sorry Helen, no vote for you either.

Act: Yup, more of the same. Apparently I'm a deadbeat Dad. *sigh* I couldn't resist adding my spoke to the craziness that is comments on this page. Sorry Rodders, bad policy no vote.

Greens: ... No wonder they didn't answer my letter. Apparently Child Support doesn't need policy. Brownie points for being the first site with a search facility though. Sorry Jeanette, but 'could try harder'.

NZ First: Nope. Even if they had a policy, I still wouldn't vote for them. And they don't. Not even sorry. Winston, you suck and I hate your hair.

United Future: Yay! At least these guys are acknowledging that the system is broken and that there is a negative impact on non-custodial parents who are honest. Boo! It doesn't translate into policy. So boo to you too Peter.

Jim Anderton, after all his big talk, did not come through with anything.

*sigh* Based solely on that issue, I'm gonna look more closely at United Future's other policies. Interestingly, Peter Dunne was the only one who gave real credence to my letter earlier this year.

Just out of interest I looked at Destiny NZ too. They waffled something vague about how fatherless children are disadvantaged and marriage is the cornerstone of society. Yeah. Ignore it, it'll go away, God will make it.

No Confidence is looking better and better.