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Poverty eradication focus of Labour bill

Wednesday 19 Sep 2012 9:23 a.m.

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Setting poverty measures and targets to help eradicate poverty are the focus of a new private member's bill from Labour MP Jacinda Ardern.

Ms Ardern released details of her Child Poverty Bill on Wednesday, ahead of it entering Parliament's ballot on Thursday.

The bill will set a definition of poverty, establish methods to measure it and goals to reduce the number of children living in poverty.

"Around 270,000 Kiwi children are now living in poverty. That means they are missing out on things most of us take for granted - basic health care, good nutrition, educational opportunities," Ms Ardern said.

"My bill is about giving those kids a chance in life and not simply treating the short-term symptoms."

The bill also requires the Minister of Finance to include a child poverty reduction statement in the Government's annual budget policy statement, and will establish a child poverty reduction board of the heads of relevant Government departments.

Ms Ardern's bill will need to be pulled from the ballot before having its first reading.


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