Quotes from the internet on the need for reform of the New Zealand Child Support Act 1991.
Quotes on the New Zealand Child Support Act 1991 collected from public websites on the Internet via a search engine.
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“In light of that is can be easy to forget the basic truth that in child support I know staff want to be as helpful as possible, that the level of payment is fair and that the system is based on sound principles”
David Cunliffe, Minister Responsible for Child Support : Child Support National Workshop 28 July 2004.
See full speech at http://www.beehive.govt.nz/ViewDocument.cfm?DocumentID=20446
Perhaps David Cunliffe would do well to listen to what the real situation is:
“There are major problems with the Child Support Act which are not addressed by this Bill. In particular, a basic flaw is that the objects of the Act are inconsistent with the formulae. This is discussed in the August 2000 issue of the New Zealand Law Journal. An extract from a version of the article is appended to this submission. Any piecemeal change to the Act is likely to exacerbate these problems.”
Stuart Birks, Director, Centre for Public Policy Evaluation, Massey University, Submission to Social services Select Committee on the Child Support Amendment Bill 2001
For full submission see http://econ.massey.ac.nz/cppe/issues/csasub.htm
“..child support laws are a disgrace. They are fundamentally flawed and in urgent need of a complete overhaul. The widespread alienation of fathers from their children, caused by our family law, is at the heart of – not only this debt, but – many of our social problems.”
Dr Muriel Newman, Deputy Leader ACT , Child Support Debt Passes $795 Million, 25 May 2004, Press Release: ACT New Zealand.
“Victoria University family law lecturer William Atkin said the living allowance was stingy in acknowledging new relationships and the children who were part of those. In that respect the Child Support Act was at odds with other family statutes that were more flexible and better aimed at meeting the needs of children.”
Bill Aitken, as quoted in Sunday Star Times, The downtrodden step-family 1 August 2004.
“It is child tax, not child support”, is how .Jim Nicolle, spokesperson for MEN’S CONVOY 2004 describes the current child support system.
“It is calculated on gross income using an inflexible formula and mostly ends up in the consolidated fund. It targets a group called ‘liable’ parents and it takes no account of individual circumstances. The Child Support Act 1991 is focused on collecting money, not on supporting our children, and nothing more than a tax applied to ‘liable’ parents”.
“Parents have had enough of being viewed as walking chequebooks and the rebellion against this unjust and unfair regime will not go away”.
Jim Nicolle, NZ Child Support Reform Network. Convenor Men’s Convoy 2004: Men on the move for Child Support Reform
See more at: www.mensconvoy.tk
“The reform of Child Support needs to be extricated from the “too hard” basket. Instead of being designed as a punishment for deadbeats, the reform needs to attend to the best interests of children. And it must acknowledge that modern households have diverging financial obligations that cannot accommodate ‘one size fits all’ levies.”
Keith Rankin, Accounting for Child Support Thursday, 1 June 2000,
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