Birth Control

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 pm, May 8th, 2012 - 83 comments
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At first glance it seems strange to have Sue Bradford, a former Green MP, against what is a very ‘green’ policy – free contraception.  There’s no better way of reducing human impact on the planet and climate change etc than not existing, and – advocating suicide obviously being out of order – contraception and fewer children is arguably one of the most needed policies for nature.

But she most definitely has a point.  As ever it comes down to power imbalances: a case worker taking you through how you need to get long-term contraception, in theory you have a choice, but practically..?

The question has to be: why not free / cheap contraception for everybody?  Sure, this is a penny-pinching National government so maybe just everybody with a community services card.  But if they’re worried about people going on benefits because of children then it probably should be just about everybody though…

I’m not quite sure about the right’s obsession with people (nay – women, let’s not forget this is always targeting women) having children while on a benefit.  Would they prefer that a child was had and raised for 5 years, the woman goes back to work briefly before having a second child and being on the benefit for however long?  Or is it better if they have 2 kids 2 years apart and get back to work with 3 years less on benefits in total?  Because they’re essentially advocating the first option with their myopia.

And then there’s their “breeding for a living”… It’s not impossible there hasn’t been the odd occasion where a young girl was naive and stupid enough to think that they’d be better off on a pittance of a benefit and with a child, but nobody’s going to repeat the mistake and have a second once they’ve got first-hand evidence of how much hard work mothering is.  It ain’t worth it for the lack of pay…

And if it were true that they are having children because that’s their best life option – the government should really be working on providing better options.  Jobs anyone?

(I think I might do a provocative follow-up piece on the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement‘s aims for a better society later this week…  Greenies with more than 2 kids: I’m coming after you… 😉 )

83 comments on “Birth Control”

  1. The question has to be: why not free / cheap contraception for everybody?

    Uh, duh-uh. Well, let’s see. Because it would be very expensive? Because most of us can afford to pay for contraception ourselves? Because most of us seem capable of figuring out to put a wrapper on it without needing a WINZ case worker to explain where babies come from in words of one syllable? Because the govt isn’t liable for supporting everybody’s children? These aren’t tricky philosophical concepts…

    By all means, rail against the govt for putting it all on the women instead of the sperm donors, it’s a govt that’s richly earned the abuse. But the principle of minimising taxpayer liability for unsupported children is a sound one and has a lot to recommend it.

    • Descendant Of Smith 1.1

      “But the principle of minimising taxpayer liability for unsupported children is a sound one and has a lot to recommend it.”

      We can totally minimise it by killing the children at benefit application.

      Anyway how are these children unsupported? – they are with their mother – oh but that’s right she’s a sole parent, a non-person, an animal.

      Only the male can provide support – stupid women not having a male to support them. What is wrong with society today?

      Maybe we could sell them to the rich – that would remove any need for state support, Friday raffles down at the local, newspapers ads –

      “Partly domesticated women, comes with small noisy attachment, sadly cast off and unwanted by previous male, somewhat soiled and abused but with a bit of spit and polish could look all brand new and shiny again.”

      • Lucien 1.1.1

        “Anyway how are these children unsupported? – they are with their mother – oh but that’s right she’s a sole parent, a non-person, an animal.”

        If they are supported why do they need any benefits?

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          Oh stupid Righty, ‘parental support’ entails far more than just money, like social, emotional and physical components. Geddit?

        • Descendant Of Smith 1.1.1.2

          By that definition why isn’t this about all people on benefits with children and by extension those getting WFF payments?

          Clearly they are not being supported either cause they get state benefits as well.

    • QoT 1.2

      A lot of contraceptive methods are already very cheap due to subsidies (especially with the subsidies for sexual-health-related GP appointments on top … assuming those are still going).

      My understanding is that the big thing about this policy is that it’ll cover the generally much-more-expensive, longer-term forms of contraceptives like Implanon.

      Because beneficiaries are just too stoopid to take a pill every day and we don’t want them just re-asserting control of their uteri any time they like …

      (And as far as “waaa why should I pay for someone else’s kids”, see the usual “who’s paying for your Super again?”)

      • Psycho Milt 1.2.1

        So, if we take out your personal interpretations based on the “beneficiaries good, govt bad” principle, what we’re left with is that the govt is now planning to cover the more expensive, longer-term contraceptives, but will be targeting it at reducing the number of children the govt’s financially liable for. The horror, the horror!

        • QoT 1.2.1.1

          what we’re left with is that the govt is now planning to cover the more expensive, longer-term contraceptives, targeted at specific, less-privileged women who society has deemed shouldn’t breed, including disproportionate numbers of women of colour and women with disabilities, which is kinda creepy even if you want to ignore the word “eugenics”, coming from the poisoned chalice of the Welfare Working Group report and carrying the clear stated implication that all beneficiaries are sluts who can’t be trusted, and their daughters too

          Fixed it for you.

          • Psycho Milt 1.2.1.1.1

            I don’t think “Fixed it for you” is synonymous with “Filled it with my personal beliefs for you.”

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Personal beliefs and priorities are at the core of the matter though, PM.

            • QoT 1.2.1.1.1.2

              Dude, you’re the one who wants to divorce this policy from its context to make it look prettier.

  2. Fair cop guv. You weren’t fooled by those fairly unremarkable observations and were immediately able to spot a woman-hating Tory Bastard. You win this thread’s Ben Elton Spotting Tory Bastards in Disguise Award.

  3. Policy Parrot 3

    Unfortunately, there are some people out there with very poor planning and foresight skills – the word ‘myopic’ comes to mind – (not always through fault of their own), and they will burden the inevitably smaller future working population that will result from such a policy with a high proportion of current (same period) funded super.

    Its weird that many on the Right tend to regard pregnancy as a choice for women. I suggest they consult their own mothers, and ask them about the night that they were planning to conceive them (Righties). Either that, or they should get laid more, and see how many times they discuss with their partner prior to intercourse that “tonight is planned as a conception event”. A little undercover investigating is what makes the world go round 😉

    • Mehere 3.1

      Policy Parrot: ‘Either that, or they should get laid more, and see how many times they discuss with their partner prior to intercourse that “tonight is planned as a conception event”.’

      I’m getting laid plenty, but thanks for the concern. My current partner is not at the stage in her life where she wants to have children. We never discuss whether “tonight is planned as a conception event” because we know it can’t happen. We just get on with it and have an evening of adult-oriented fun. That’s because she’s taken responsibility for her own fertility, otherwise I’d wear a condom. 

      I call bullshit on your assertion that “Its weird that many on the Right tend to regard pregnancy as a choice for women.” … it is a choice, the contraceptive pill has been available for over 40 years.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        That’s because she’s taken responsibility for her own fertility, otherwise I’d wear a condom.

        I guess you’ve never been to a GP’s office, they give positive pregnancy results every day to women who use contraception religiously.

        Good that she takes responsibility so the man doesn’t have to eh.

      • Fermionic Interference 3.1.2

        Arrogant much?

        The pill has had many failures whilst being used correctly and it also has a number of little kickers like grapefruit juice etc that can cause it to fail.

        To avoid personal responsibility and leave it all up to your female partner smacks of disrespect and disregard for her and her current lack of desire to become a mother.

        Lessons here:
        You’re still a fool if you don’t wrap your tool.
        & Responsibility is a two way street.

        • Mehere 3.1.2.1

          “Arrogant much?”

          Yep, but only on here. I’d get my balls served to me on a plate if I went around spouting the nonsense that I spout on here in real life.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.2.1.1

            Yeah I guess that’s because your momma don’t like bullshit.

            • Mehere 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Hey, my Momma is a Winston First devotee. She’s already a dedicated follower of bullshit. Still love her to bits though, obviously.

    • jbc 3.2

      For most couples I know (yes, it generally takes two to “plan a conception event”) it is a deliberate choice. This has nothing to do with their political persuasion. I have plenty of Left friends who keep count of their children and know when enough is enough. Sometimes that is zero.

      Either they are wanting pregnancy, not wanting pregnancy, or are prepared to roll the dice and happily take responsibility for the eventuality.

      Doesn’t always work out exactly as planned, but it is no accident that we aren’t all bastard children in families of a dozen or more.

      The tripe above comparing women to animals is absurd as a counter argument. Unless your personal belief is that women are instinctively mindless breeders then that looks like a very badly drawn straw man.

  4. Mehere 4

    Pick your battles people. Labour are on a hiding to nothing by opposing this. If you have any actual human contact outside of your own middle class circlejerk then you’ll realise that this policy is universally popular amongst everyday folk. You’d be better served focussing on policies that have some traction i.e. anti asset sales. Don’t get sucked into the debate. Ride it out.

    [lprent: I haven’t seen any particular opposition from Labour to this policy apart from saying that contraception shoud be freely available and fertility is not exactly something that WINZ case officers are competent at.

    Which leads me to think that you are trying to imply that people here are all Labour party members, which most are not. Bad idea – read the about and the policy and adjust your behaviour before I boot your arse off here for stupidity. Consider yourself warned. ]

    • McFlock 4.1

      thanks for that.
      Seen polling on the issue, or are you just making shit up?

      • Mehere 4.1.1

        Nope, no official polling except for talk around the office today and the results of this Stuff poll http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6876758/Beneficiary-contraception-plan-intrusive

        • McFlock 4.1.1.1

          Oh okay, so when it’s framed as subsidising healthcare stuff readers support it.
              
          I guess we should wait until it’s being forced on people (or lose your benefit) until expressing concern. But then of course the response will be “nobody raised an issue when it was proposed”.
               
          I’d like it to be discussed before it gets that far, if it’s alright with you.

          • Mehere 4.1.1.1.1

            If you want to buy into some imagined Hollywood movie plot about this policy being eugenics by stealth then that’s your own ideological wanking on display. The truth is that most people see this as a sensible and pragmatic policy.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Its not a Hollywood play.

              Plenty of the middle class that you refer to really really believe that poor people (i.e. people poorer than them) should not be allowed to have children fullstop.

              And you’ve heard them go on about it too, I bet.

              • Mehere

                Hey CV, I used ‘middle class’ as an insult because this site is in danger of turning into another circlejerk wankfest like Public Address which is so full of privileged white people mutually self-pleasuring themselves that it’s become unreadable.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I have no idea what you are trying to say there. But it sounds greasy and unpleasant.

                  • Mehere

                    Hey CV, what I was trying to say in my own greasy and unpleasant way is that a blog is only as interesting as its commenters. The comments section needs to be lively, disagreeable and argumentative to entice the punters. Public Address on the other hand has become a mutual ego stroking echo chamber of white middle class wankers. Everyone agrees with everyone else. Don’t let The Standard suffer the same fate. Carry on debating, ridiculing and insulting the commenters you disagree with. That’s what brings all the boys and girls to the yard.

                    • McFlock

                      Thanks for your concern.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Do you really think we want approval ratings from the likes of you. Seriously, I mean.

                      Don’t let The Standard suffer the same fate.

                      You should try and stay up to date with The Std’s growth trajectory.

              • James Gray

                Not at all. Personally, I really really believe that everyone should be able to have however many children they want, no matter who they are.

                Also, I really really believe that everyone is entitled to their own property.

                The corollary of this, is that anyone can have as many children as they like… if they have the resources to raise and care for them appropriately.

                If they make poor decisions and are not able to care for their children, and show no signs of learning from these mistakes, how is that wrong to make that help conditional on them taking certain measures not to make their own situation worse?

                I have met people that think like this, though. I can’t stand them… Conservatives and socialists belong in the same boat as far as I’m concerned, just some other bastard who wants to tell other people what to do with themselves or their property.

                • Colonial Viper

                  James Gray says that the children of poor people are “mistakes”.

                  Go away mate, you deserve a good kicking for that implication, and for your illogic.

                  By the way, workers being locked out, made redundant, having their wages cut by 30% with zero negotiation or consultation, is that still “poor decision” making in your book?

                  • James Gray

                    Yes, they are mistakes. Having a child that you do not have the means to care for is highly irresponsible.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yes women should stay with abusive uncaring husbands as long as hubby brings home the bacon, for the good of the children you understand.

            • Descendant Of Smith 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Nah you’ve got it completely wrong.

              Free contraception is fine – this can be done via extending what health currently do.

              Linking it to the benefit system is abhorrent as is the context this has been presented in – such as making it more difficult for women who have another child on benefit and having sanctions put in place for sole parents who don’t comply with things.

              Do you think that things thinks are independent of each other – that they each exist in a vacuum?

              You’ve obviously never seen the posts here that refer to women as breeding for a business let alone listened to those on talk back or in pubs, read those on other blogs, in comments in the newspapers say the same thing.

              Sometimes a little throwing it back is useful – if those who post saying these women are breeding for are business they ARE saying they are animals.

              If you don’t like it come on here and stand up for those women and say that that is not true.

              How come you can be critical of me pointing out that that is exactly what they are saying? I make no apologies for it.

              What effect do you think those sorts of comments have on those women, their self esteem and their behaviour? It certainly ain’t a positive one.

          • Psycho Milt 4.1.1.1.2

            I guess we should wait until it’s being forced on people (or lose your benefit) until expressing concern.

            You’d think. People who want to complain something’s being forced on beneficiaries really need that something to be forced on beneficiaries if they’re not to look like imbeciles. At the moment, it’s just a fairly ridiculous slippery slope fallacy along the lines of the voluntary euthanasia one in which the state will decide when to end our lives.

            • Pete George 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Is slipperyslopism getting worse or am I just noticing it more.

              Another prevalent example is asset sales, where the scare of foreigners owning all of New Zealand is often thrown around, without any rational argument for anything like that.

              Beneficiaries can already get contraception assistance, that hasn’t exactly halted reproduction in the country and eliminated the beneficiary class. But you never know what those WINZ “clerks” will get up to.

    • Policy Parrot 4.2

      Theres no doubt of that. Thats why the entire issue was brought up. Not because it was urgent, just so that can say “looky here” while dirty deeds done dirt cheap go unpublicised. Bring up bills to put the opposition on the wrong side of public opinion – time honoured tactic.

      If this doesn’t play, next up will be laura norder with the bill to imprison indefinitely those deemed a continued threat to the community. Not that that issue isn’t important – but it needs a fair discussion – not a media sensation to overwhelm other important issues.

      • Vicky32 4.2.1

        Theres no doubt of that. Thats why the entire issue was brought up. Not because it was urgent, just so that can say “looky here” while dirty deeds done dirt cheap go unpublicised.

        Just what I was thinking! Not one word on 3News or Radio NZ about Banks etc for days now, so it’s working…

    • rosy 4.3

      So your suggestion is that people on a blog who find it abhorrent that a group of people are singled out for long-term contraception intervention from age 16, as dictated by social welfare clerks, should simply ignore it because they’re in the minority. I’m not quite sure I agree with the logic of that.

  5. Policy Parrot 5

    “But she most definitely has a point. As ever it comes down to power imbalances: a case worker taking you through how you need to get long-term contraception, in theory you have a choice, but practically..?”

    Sounds like Wilkinsons choice re: 90 day trial period. If you don’t like it, don’t apply. Again, those who need to apply for benefit purposes will have no choice other than to not receive money.

  6. Most of the rest of the proposals are being ignored. Why are they different?

    Assistance payments would provide young parents with up to $6 an hour for 50 hours a week for their children to attend approved early childhood education services.

    That’s on top of funding for the 1155 extra early-childhood education places needed to meet the needs of parents returning to work or study.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6876758/Beneficiary-contraception-plan-intrusive

    Are those intrusive and offensive as well? Should we stand by as those options are “forced on people (or lose your benefit)” (McFlock 4.1.1.1) or “dictated by social welfare clerks” (Rosy 4.3 et al), or should those also be protested for targeting of people on benefits?

    • rosy 6.1

      See DoS 6:46 am for your answer, or the post Contraception Debate

    • millsy 6.2

      National funded ECE is probably profit making baby farms.

      We need

      a) mothers to stay home with their kids
      b) community/publicly owned NON-PROFIT childcare. Like kindergartens.

      • Vicky32 6.2.1

        We need
        a) mothers to stay home with their kids
        b) community/publicly owned NON-PROFIT childcare. Like kindergartens.

        Agreed 100%!

    • McFlock 6.3

      Pete,
               
      Beware of sociopaths bearing gifts – less than a year ago the generous government offering these joyful subsidies for beneficiaries was saying that it was “not quite” ready to make it compulsory. I find that concerning.
               
      Frankly, ECE, contraception and all that good stuff should be free to all. But none of it should be forced on people.

    • Treetop 6.4

      I am not ignoring the proposal of turfing a mother out to work part time when her baby is a year old. I really cannot see any gain in this for anyone. All I see is punishing the mother and children for having a second child while on a benefit.. We (government) will give you $6 per hour for childcare). Never mind having to take your baby and youngster out in the pouring rain and cold to childcare and/or school or being up all night with a sick child.

      Do you know how hard it can be to get a place for a one year old at a $6 an hour rate?
      Do you know that day care hours are usually fixed?
      What is the mother suppose to do if her hours are changed?
      Do you want to see a mother harm her children due to being placed under constant stress?

      The government does not want to support women having anymore children while on a benefit. I would like to know what the actual cost is in having one or two extra children while on a benefit?

      Has it got to the point where this government has a unit cost on everyone. Well if they have I would like to see the unit cost on everyone. Then the real truth will be evident. I for one cannot wait until this bully government WAKES up and stops harassing single mothers/single parents with their POINTLESS Work and Income policies.

    • QoT 6.5

      Pete, this is why people keep calling you a troll. Because you basically just argued “but if a policy package contains one good initiative then you can’t criticise any other part of it!!!!”

      I’d like to offer you a home-cooked dinner, a widescreen TV, and a kick in the nuts. The kick in the nuts can’t be assault, see, unless you also complain about the dinner and the TV.

      • Pete George 6.5.1

        I didn’t say you can’t criticise any part of it at all. Your apparent obsession with genital violence doesn’t help your argument.

        • QoT 6.5.1.1

          Most of the rest of the proposals are being ignored. Why are they different?

          Yeah, that ain’t code for “but shut up because some parts are good”.

          And I only keep referring to giving you a good round of Rochambo because I honestly don’t know what gets through to you beyond your own self-interest. Well, that and a girl can dream.

  7. I’m not quite sure about the right’s obsession with people (nay – women, let’s not forget this is always targeting women) having children while on a benefit.

    Maybe it’s because you only get the DPB if you’re NOT in a live-in relationship, and people on the Right (and probably not just the right, judging by the Stuff poll) think that it’s far better for a child to be born into stable family circumstances where there are two parents…

    • millsy 7.1

      So you think women should be forced to stay in unhappy and/or abusive relationships.

      The last thing we need is your bible bashing.

      I suppose you want to recriminialise homosexuality and throw evolution out of our schools as wells.

      Earth to Inv2: The. World. Was. Created. By. Scientific. Processes. Not. Magic.

      No wonder you guys burn Harry Potter books — you dont like the competition.

    • Bunji 7.2

      Not all benefits are the DPB.

      And if your partner walks out on you when you’re pregnant with a second or subsequent child, does that make you a terrible person, for having another child while single?

      And, well, mistakes happen. Contraception isn’t infallible. But lets punish the children anyway. No mother for you during the day!

      • Vicky32 7.2.1

        Not all benefits are the DPB.
        And if your partner walks out on you when you’re pregnant with a second or subsequent child, does that make you a terrible person, for having another child while single?

        Exactly! That’s much more common than what the right imagine…

    • QoT 7.3

      you only get the DPB if you’re NOT in a live-in relationship, and people on the Right …think that it’s far better for a child to be born into stable family circumstances where there are two parents…

      So your assertion is that all live-in relationships are “stable family circumstances”? Because that’s kinda silly.

  8. Uturn 9

    I’m pretty sure this is another example of a discussion that doesn’t need to happen. It’s not about birth control at all. It’s about the cowardice and hypocrisy of political bullies: oppression of a weaker portion of society by the dominant party.

    It’s like the Government asking: Who should we target first, maori or immigrants?

    And then the people arguing that there are reasons why people are maori or immigrate, instead of turning round and saying,

    Hey you know what? We aren’t interested in engaging in your inane soulless immoral divisive non-debates. We set the agenda, and your corruption is top of the list and will stay there. Show us where you stole our money!

    And instead, while the people argue a negative prejudiced point, they aren’t focussed on what the immoral government is doing to line its own pockets and those of its friends.

  9. vto 10

    Why isn’t this free contraception just offered to all poor people instead of just the poor on a benefit?

    What is the justification for the distinction?

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 10.1

      That, if you are being paid by the state for doing nothing, it is fair enough for the state to impose reasonable conditions on you.

      • vto 10.1.1

        Ok, fair enough.

        So who else is receiving money from the state?

      • Bunji 10.1.2

        I didn’t think they were imposing conditions.

        And if they were, then imposing contraception just because you’ve lost your job doesn’t seem “reasonable”…

      • QoT 10.1.3

        doing nothing

        There we go, people, the Right’s basic lack of understanding that parenting involves work.

    • Why isn’t this free contraception just offered to all poor people instead of just the poor on a benefit?

      Answered in comment 1 above. Several of the answers contained therein are relevant, but the main one is that the govt isn’t financially liable for the children of the poor, just the children of beneficiaries. To that we can add that there are risk factors that make targeting the service worthwhile. Those may not be popular answers, but they are rational justifications for what the govt’s doing. So far the opposition doesn’t appear to have had anything particularly rational to offer.

      • vto 10.2.1

        Well Mr Milt I don’t think that is the full picture and neither does the logic make sense…

        The main justification for this is, as you say, because the government is financially liable for these people.

        I look forward the proposed euthanasia bill and associated services being offered to pensioners as a free service, following the same logic.

        And what about WFF? The government is financially liable for countless families and, following the same logic, they too should be offered this free service in the exact same manner.

        Now, who else receives money or anything else from the government. I know! Health and education services. Now, what can we push in there?

        The justification you outline mr milt is woeful and shallow and unworthy.

        • Psycho Milt 10.2.1.1

          See? Rational isn’t a feature. For the record:

          1. The difference between offering people free contraception and offering them death isn’t lost on most people. As you point out, by the same logic the govt could offer to fund voluntary euthenasia for pensioners in an effort to reduce NZ Superannuation expenses, but it won’t for a fairly obvious reason – that difference mentioned above.

          2. What about WFF indeed? For one thing, it’s a tax credit, for another, the govt isn’t financially liable for the families receiving it, for another the addition of a child to an existing family receiving WFF doesn’t increase the govt’s WFF expenses, and last but not least, there aren’t significant risk factors involved in being born to someone receiving WFF. In short, its relevance to this discussion approximates to zero.

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.1

            Psycho sees people in terms of money, and he sees the role of Government in terms of money, and if people are costing more money than they are making then they really aren’t worth the effort.

            • Psycho Milt 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Did you comment just to highlight my point about irrationality? I know that logical fallacies are your stock in trade, but presumably most readers of this blog are capable of figuring out there isn’t an either/or choice between govt issuing an unlimited guarantee to support however many children a waster leaves in his wake, no questions asked, and govt applying cost-benefit analyses to individual citizens.

              • Colonial Viper

                Except no one has been pushing for an “unlimited guarantee to support wasters and their infinite numbers of children” have they?

                You however have been loving turning people, NZers, into the subjects of cost-benefit analyses.

                With the objective being to cost the poor and to benefit the rich.

          • stargazer 10.2.1.1.2

            for another the addition of a child to an existing family receiving WFF doesn’t increase the govt’s WFF expenses

            so the family gets more money for an additional child, paid by the government, but government expenses don’t increase? you really don’t know how working for families is calculated. each additional childs increases the WfF entitlement.

            the govt isn’t financially liable for the children of the poor, just the children of beneficiaries

            they are finacially liable to pay WfF, to families that don’t earn enough income

            there aren’t significant risk factors involved in being born to someone receiving WFF

            um, that would probably be because WfF ensures the family has sufficient income to lift them out of poverty. if we could work on other measures to remove poverty for beneficiaries – and there are plenty – then i doubt that they would be at risk either.

            and if your comments are what you classify as “rational”, then i’m glad most of the people here don’t suffer from that brand of rationality. cos it makes very little sense.

            • Psycho Milt 10.2.1.1.2.1

              You’re right, a WFF recipient is credited back more of their tax payments if they have another child, so there is additional loss of income for the govt. My mistake. It would of course be nice if NZ occasionally got govt’s with the bright idea that perhaps paying people wages they could afford to live on would be a better bet than making them social welfare beneficiaries, but that appears to be too much to hope for.

              Still, next time you’re hanging out with the nation’s proletariat, try them out on the idea that working 40 hours a week doesn’t make them anything other than social welfare beneficiaries – be sure to wear a mouthguard though…

              …that would probably be because WfF ensures the family has sufficient income to lift them out of poverty. if we could work on other measures to remove poverty for beneficiaries – and there are plenty – then i doubt that they would be at risk either.

              I can’t decide whether to chalk this up to naivety or stupidity. Those risk factors are tied to things like being born to a single mother on a benefit, living with a male adult not your father etc, not by how many dollars are in the original parent’s pocket.

              • stargazer

                Those risk factors are tied to things like being born to a single mother on a benefit, living with a male adult not your father etc

                and of course poor families with a parent in paid employment, who receive WfF, are never run by single mothers, and never have a male adult who isn’t the biological father living in the household i suppose. who’s being naive and stupid here? dude, i do heaps of WfF returns, i see how these households are made up because we have to put in child support from a parent not living in the household as part of the calculations.

                and you seem so tied up in tags that you can’t seem to see the point. whether it’s a tax credit or a benefit, the end result is the government paying you to bring up your children. why should there be discrimination in access to contraception based on the way the government chooses to get you the money? and why should there be discrimination based on gender?

                and yes, working towards an economy that had enough jobs that paid decent wages would go much further towards solving social issues than this bizarrely stupid and sexist contraception policy.

                • Don’t blame me for the risk factors, they are what they are. If you’re aware of studies showing being born into a WFF-recipient family is a high risk factor for poverty and violent abuse, feel free to link to them. Otherwise – so what?

                  you can’t seem to see the point. whether it’s a tax credit or a benefit, the end result is the government paying you to bring up your children.

                  The stupidity of WFF isn’t lost on me. But the difference between working for an income and being dependent on social welfare for an income seems entirely lost on you.

                  • rosy

                    Being born into a family with domestic violence is a high risk factor for a life of violence – it’s also a risk factor for becoming a teenage parent. Who knew? Maybe as soon as a father ends up in court for beating his partner, his children should be targeted free contraception so the government doesn’t become liable for his children.

                    Or maybe every 25 year-old male that goes out with a 17 year-old girl should have to roll up to Social Welfare to get a supply of free condoms because a girl going out with older man is another combination that is likely to end up in a teenage pregnancy that the government becomes liable for.

                  • Descendant Of Smith

                    The biggest risk factor to abuse is actually having a man in the relationship.

                    The risk from abuse greatly diminishes if there is no man around to abuse the woman and the children.

                    Most abuse occurs from a male known to the family.

                    This policy won’t reduce abuse one iota.

                    Men will continue to abuse.

  10. ianmac 11

    Future National Right hand man Colin Craig has the answer:

    New Zealand has the “most promiscuous young women in the world” and the Government should not be providing free contraception for those who choose to sleep around, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says.

    How come I don’t know any of them?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10804591

  11. Barry 12

    WINZ case workers should hand out contraception when doctors and nurses hand out benefits.

  12. Hateatea 13

    And the single fathers on DPB/ UB / IB / SB are being ‘offered’ vasectomies as part of the support their case workers must offer them while reviewing their files – oh you mean it is only WOMEN and GIRLS who need contraception because after all, they voluntarily impregnate themselves.  Have we an ongoing epidemic of ‘immaculate conceptions’?
     
    This attack on women by right wing conservative governments around the world is gathering impetus and is making me very nervous indeed.

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  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
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  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    6 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
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  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
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  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
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  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
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  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
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  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
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  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
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  • 608 claims resolved by GCCRS in first year
    The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has resolved 608 insurance and EQC claims in its first year in operation, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The government service, which celebrates its first birthday today, provides a one stop shop to help Cantabrians still battling to get their homes repaired or rebuilt ...
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  • NZ economy in good shape
    Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the outlook ...
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