119-1 support for Child Poverty Reduction Bill

All parties except ACT (David Seymour) voted in favour of the third reading (and final vote) of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill in Parliament yesterday.

NZ Herald: Child Poverty Reduction Bill passes third reading

The Prime Minister’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament with near unanimous support from political parties on both sides.

The bill, which will set measures and targets for reducing child poverty, inform strategy to achieve that and require transparent reporting on poverty levels and introduce accountability for governments, was a cornerstone of Labour’s election campaign last year and on the list of achievements for the coalition Government’s first 100 days in office.

Speaking in Parliament today, Ardern said it was no longer just a Labour Party bill.

“This is now an initiative that has been led by a coalition Government with the support of New Zealand First and the Green Party.

Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft recently praised both National and Labour for supporting the bill.

“That was a game changer … having a cross-party accord is historic and the bill is about to be passed any day now and it will be all systems go and I will be watching very closely,” he said.


“And it also is an initiative that has had the support of the National Party. I want to acknowledge that. This is this Parliament’s collective challenge, and the groups that have come together in Parliament today to support it in this House mean that it will have an enduring legacy”

National’s social development spokeswoman Louise Upston said the legislation gave the Opposition and the public the opportunity to measure the progress of the Government.

National agreed in October to support the bill to become law, with some amendments after Ardern and National leader Simon Bridges worked behind the scenes to come to an agreement.

Party leaders constructively working together does not often get reported, and deserves credit (to both Ardern and Bridges).




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  1. Gezza

     /  19th December 2018

    Given his propensity for suddenly throwing a spanner in the works and announcing “NZF” unexpectedly has issues with something Labour is promoting, probably should also give Winston credit for going along with this one too . 😐

  2. Gezza

     /  19th December 2018

    Jus being slightly cynical National can’t really lose by supporting this bill. It was the sensible thing to do. If Labour are successful the problem will have diminished when National next gets into power, and if Labour are not successful or don’t manage to improve the situation as much as they hope National can score points off that.

    • PartisanZ

       /  19th December 2018

      Hardly cynical Gezza … I’d call that very realistic …

      We should have more bipartisan collaboration on this basis which, realistically, is probably one of the few bases for it …

  3. kluelis

     /  19th December 2018

    119-1. Too close to call. Recount ordered 🙂

  4. Zedd

     /  19th December 2018

    ACT just trying to say ‘We are a separate party”.. vying for relevance, BUT not a puppet making up the numbers for the right :/

    • Zedd

       /  19th December 2018

      Is Mr Seymour really saying that ‘Children should be living in poverty’ & it is equally their fault, if their parents are poor ?

      Maybe he should pack up & move to India.. then he can see a society, where poverty is rampant & they have no effective social welfare system. Im sure he would feel ‘Right at home’ driving past them all, sleeping & starving on the ‘mean streets of Mumbai or Calcutta’ etc. !?

      btw: I have been to India & seen it :/

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  19th December 2018

        He’s not saying that at all. I suspect that he doesn’t think that the bill will have much effect.

        I can’t see the bill doing much. How are you going to stop selfish parents drinking and smoking and spending money that the children should be having ? How are you going to stop stupid parents buying crisps and soft drinks and not proper meals ? You can’t.

        You are contradicting yourself by talking about India, and as David Seymour has never said the things that you attribute to him, it’s nonsense to say that he wants children to starve on the streets. When did you last see that in NZ ?

  5. David

     /  19th December 2018

    Did Labour support any of the initiatives that National put in place, of course not so good on Bridges in working with them.
    Until some people learn how to operate contraception properly its a task that will never have a satisfactory outcome. The left are never capable of doing anything but exacerbate poor social outcomes because they never demand personal responsibility and at the end of the day the only thing that can fix you is you and the state can help that process, the left think the state can fix you and there is an endless amount of cash to throw at providers of ineffectual services incentivized to keep you dependent on them.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  19th December 2018

    Umm, does it actually do anything?

    • Duker

       /  19th December 2018

      just reading the blurb ‘sets measures and targets’. something labour was criticised yesterday for not doing in relation to other things.

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