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Am I Helping.

Filed under: Child Support,General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 9:11 am Fri 9th September 2005

Answering my Critics.

And all this is nothing new. This news item would carry a lot more weight if its author actually did something positive about changing the Child Support situation in New Zealand instead of just talking about it.

The above comment was placed on Menz in response to the article I wrote “Why Child Support is failing”.

I would like to tell you why I wrote this article. This week a man contacted me about child support. He has a child support debt which he cannot pay, and is being pursued by the IRD. He is also facing bankruptcy action for costs incurred in the family court. He has been depressed and was placed on a medical benefit. He is living in his car with his dog in the electorate for which I am a candidate. I have spent time with this man during the week. I was able to attract the interest of a reporter and during the week facilitated a two and half hour interview. It was during this interview I was again reminded as I have been many times before that so many people who are busy getting on with their lives just simply don’t have an appreciation of the situation we are dealing with.

Having written the article and posting it on Menz I also sent the same contribution to the Herald along with the recently obtained IRD statistics, showing the increased death rate on men dying without an estate. I certainly hope that my contribution for this week will meet anyone else’s expectations should they be determining whether or not I :

“actually did something positive about changing the Child Support situation in New Zealand instead of just talking about it.”

Your sincerely
Bevan Berg.
NZ Republicans Candidate

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