Voted down a bill that would ensure a decrease in New Zealand kids going hungry ✓
Voted down a bill ensuring all rentals are warm and dry, fighting off disease ✓
Oversaw a sharp decrease in disabled children getting support ✓
Shut a Taranaki school out of a local museum, so he could use it for electioneering purposes ✓
For a party which claims to support families, albeit the ‘traditional’ family, the National Party really does appear to dislike the idea of supporting children.
Yes, it’s true, by 2017 the country’s poorest families are due for a tax cut which will leave them a stunning $1.60 per/day better off. But does that $1.60 count for anything, given John Key has turned down a $100m plan to end child hunger? Surely a breakfast supplied by the school, taking considerable financial stress away from working class families who are struggling with the rising cost of living is an investment worth taking.
The bill was voted down by National, ACT and Peter Dunne.
Dunne took to Twitter after the vote, telling an “abusive” opponent that he would “sleep well” after the Feed The Kids bill was defeated.
A similar bill authorised by New Lynn Labour MP David Cunliffe was also defeated after the bill drew 60 votes to 60 in the 120 MP chamber.
Then, Te Atatu Labour MP Phil Twyford’s bill to ensure all rentals were kept warm, healthy and dry was defeated by the National-ACT coalition’s 60 votes. Labour, The Greens, New Zealand First, the Maori Party and Peter Dunne all voted for it.
Then today the Child Poverty Action Group released a report which exposed the fact 11,000 disabled children had lost access to already low-paying welfare, which will create a day-to-day struggle for parents.
On Friday Prime Minister John Key will be in New Plymouth at the Puke Ariki museum, which, funnily enough, was the reason a local primary school had to cancel an educational field trip to the museum – so John Key could have the building to himself. John Key has issued no apology, no reply, or even acknowledged his interruption has damaged the school’s plans.
Better luck next week, John. This one has been a complete shambles.