Is fancy pants Jacinda about to be schooled by the Taxpayers’ Union?

Oh Jordan, you caught me out again

Oh Jordan, you caught me out again

I was a bit worried when the Taxpayers’ Union poured praise over Jacinda Ardern for her commitment to abolish the Families Commission if (god help us) Labour get into office next year.  Good to see the Union has picked up on the replacement which looks equally as pointless – a FamiliesChildren’s Commission Ministry.

The Union has written an open letter asking:

  1. What are the cost projections to establish the Ministry? 
  2. What is the projected per year baseline funding?
  3. Will the Ministry’s primary focus be policy advice or service delivery? If the latter, what responsibility and resources will be taken away from CYF, MSD or other ministries/departments?
  4. In terms of the number of FTE employees, how large do you propose the Ministry to be?
  5. Can you point to any overseas models or research which would indicate how you propose the new Ministry will work, its service delivery, and outcomes?
  6. How would the Ministry differ from the existing Families Commission?

Given Jacinda is on record about how useless the Families Commission is, the answer to number 6 will be telling.


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