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Child Support and the Key Cabinet (Act 2)

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 7:50 pm Tue 4th May 2010

If your a liable or custodial parent  and want change to the Child Tax Act 1991 you are at the right page to start.

Read Child Support and the Key Cabinet (Act 1 )first this will help you understand why we must begin a campaign to get Cabinet to take action to reform child support law so that it is fair and reasonable.

The first part of achieving change is to take a straight forward easy action and encourage every one you can think of – friends, families, workmates, your parents …. to take that action.

That action is the beginning of  campaign for reform. It is very important that the action is consistent. We don’t want everyone spouting off on their own agenda and diluting the message. Diluting the message diminishes the value of the action.

Now is the time to send a message to John Key and his Cabinet. This message needs to be sent by snail mail. No postage is required to send letters to Cabinet Ministers.

The message is simple.

(Your address here) 

 (Insert Cabinet Minister Name)

(Insert Cabinet Minister Portfolio)

C/O Parliament Buildings
Freepost Parliament
P O Box 18888
Wellington 6160

 (Today’s Date)

 Dear Minister,

 My family and I have been waiting for a considerable time for reform of the fundamentally flawed Child Support Act 1991.

 Peter Dunne advises:

 “I can tell you that substantial work has recently been undertaken on aspects of the child support system, such as considering the income of both parents and the costs of raising children in New Zealand.  However, Cabinet for the time being has decided to defer further consideration of the issues. In light of that decision I am currently giving further consideration to the matter and hope to be in a position to submit  fresh proposals to the Cabinet in the next little while.”  Hon Peter Dunne

 This letter is to advise you that my family and I are appalled at your failure act upon the advice you have received.

 We urge you to ask cabinet to reconsider changes to the child support scheme to rectify the fundamental flaws.

 We have waited a long time for promised reform that addresses the fundamental flaws  of the Child Support Act 1991and failure by Cabinet to act leaves us with little option but to consider non-violent direct action against the Prime Minister and Cabinet members until Cabinet changes its mind.

 I hope you understand our frustration with the National Government and its failure to act in this matter.

 Yours sincerely

 (Your Name and Signature Here)

DONT DILUTE THE MESSAGE  – type or print your letters, put them in an envelope, address them and send them.

Once you have done this send an email to [email protected] listing the Ministers who you sent the letters to, the date sent.  This email address will be used to manage the campaign going forward.

This is a first step. In  good faith we are asking John Key and his Cabinet to reconsider their position. Lets aim to get liable and custodial parents, their partners, families and friends to send letters.



A list of the Cabinet can be found here.


  1. And send them to any other minister except Peter Dunce, he is onlt a pretend minister anyway.

    Comment by Downunder — Tue 4th May 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  2. Cabinet Ministers List
    Hon John Key
    Hon Bill English
    Hon Gerry Brownlee
    Hon Simon Power
    Hon Tony Ryall
    Hon Dr Nick Smith
    Hon Judith Collins
    Hon Anne Tolley
    Hon Christopher Finlayson
    Hon David Carter
    Hon Murray McCully
    Hon Tim Groser
    Hon Dr Wayne Mapp
    Hon Steven Joyce
    Hon Georgina te Heuheu
    Hon Paula Bennett
    Hon Phil Heatley
    Hon Pansy Wong
    Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
    Hon Kate Wilkinson

    Comment by Roger — Tue 4th May 2010 @ 8:14 pm

  3. Dunne is not a member of Cabinet.

    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Tue 4th May 2010 @ 8:46 pm

  4. Peter Dunce is an oxygen thief….

    Will get some letters away for sure…

    Comment by Whafe — Tue 4th May 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  5. A very worthwhile campaign mounted by Scrap that I urge everyone who reads this site to support.

    Comment by Gerry — Tue 4th May 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  6. Well I sent in the letters as directed and each unadulterated as requested. The responses have been thick and fast from five ministers secretaries.

    “The matter you have raised falls within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister of Revenue, I have forwarded your letter on to Hon Peter Dunne for his consideration.” is the standard response…

    …except one…

    “The matter you have raised falls within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister of Social Development and Employment, I have forwrded your letter on to Hon Paula Bennett for her consideration.” …clearly Gabie George had not had her 3 pm soup when she pulled up her template her response on behalf of Murray McCully!

    Useless… I feel like a ping pong ball – there is no-one administering the IRD from a minsterial level just some puppet called Dunne!

    Comment by Roger — Fri 21st May 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  7. Thanks Roger,

    I am getting similar responses.

    Will post about this on the weekend.



    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Fri 21st May 2010 @ 4:12 pm

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