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The Worst of the Worst Politicians, Public Figures

Posted by te2ataria on December 25, 2009

sent by a pious pakeha [Edited by TEAA]

And Why They Are Rotten to the Core!

Dr Angus, the so-called Children’s Commissioner, recently rejected the call for a campaign focused on preventing child abuse.  In sharp contrast to his predecessor’s position, he said, that isn’t the way to go.

“I think there are considerable risks around a campaign that focuses entirely on child abuse and neglect. . . the risks are that you turn a whole lot of people off, ” he said.

“I think the way in which keeping children safe secure and well nurtured has been built into that (It’s Not okay) campaign and the focus on how (the community) can contribute to keeping children safe and secure is in fact the best way to go as a social marketing campaign.”

While former Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro had advocated for a campaign to prevent child abuse,  Dr Angus has refused to support what he calls, “that sort of `let’s pick off the different population groups’.”

“Population groups,” indeed! New Zealand has the highest rates of child abuse including death from maltreatment (physical abuse and neglect) among OECD countries.

On Tuesday another whitewash inquiry was set up to investigate how police nationwide have failed to deal with child abuse cases.

“The authority has established a dedicated team of investigators and lawyers focusing solely on this inquiry,” authority chair Justice Lowell Goddard said today.

“The authority has received evidence that there have been delays or issues with management of child abuse cases in districts other than the Wairarapa and is therefore treating this as a nationwide inquiry.”

Enter another of the despicable character in New Zealand “politics,” Judith Collins, the police minister.

“It’s one of the problems that I’ve inherited and I’m very pleased to see that at least something is done,” she told Radio New Zealand.

“There is no excuse for our most vulnerable New Zealanders, children, not having these cases investigated properly and I’m very aware that when police deal with these cases, they are very concerned to make sure that they do their best.”

According to a 2003 report by Save the Children, the cases of [reported] child abuse in New Zealand (1.2 deaths per 100,000) are about 12 times higher than Spain (0.1 deaths per 100,000 children), 3 times higher than the UK (0.4 per 100,000) and twice the number in Australia (0.7 per 100,000).

Experience of other countries show that at least a half to two thirds of child abuse cases are unreported, or go unregistered.

The rate of child abuse deaths in New Zealand may have more than doubled since the 2003 report by Save the Children.

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