The Families Commission has a stated position in relation to the referendum, and as a Families Commissioner it makes sense for Christine Rankin to make sure that she does not contravene that line and speak out by campaigning in a way that would be inappropriate. Having said that, I would expect more from the Opposition. When National was in Opposition, we still cared about abused children and we did not spend our time playing political games. All those members care about is politics; they do not care about the abused kids of New Zealand.
John Key, Questions for Oral Answer. Hansard, 23rd June 2009
A team of social workers dedicated to child abuse prevention is included in jobs cuts confirmed this afternoon by the Social Development Ministry.
The Ministry – the Government’s largest with 9500 employees, including the Child, Youth and Family service – confirmed a total of 200 jobs will be cut from its ranks, Radio New Zealand reported.
Child, Youth and Family head Ray Smith said it was closing 12 administration service centres, and cutting a team of 18 child abuse education social workers, with a total of 80 jobs to go.
CYF workers face Social Development Ministry Axe. NZPA via Stuff. 30 June 2009.
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promis’d. Yet do I fear thy nature,
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.
MacBeth, Act I, Scene V.