The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. For example, when it comes to beneficiary bashing:
Mr English said the valuation [of benefit costs] was an important “performance tool” and would change the behaviour of the Government by forcing it to confront the long-term issue rather than accepting it was an unavoidable cost. … “When you take a long-term model, there’s no place to hide.”
No place to hide indeed. Which is why the Nats have steadfastly refused to measure poverty, have reduced environmental reporting, and now, this:
Do we even need to go on?
A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.
The target would have seen New Zealand aiming for 12 fewer people to die from suicide per year, each year until 2027. An expert panel created to advise the Ministry of Health concluded that target should be the main purpose of the ministry’s new suicide prevention strategy.
But Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman’s office pushed instead for vague phrasing, like “reduce rates of suicide”, that wouldn’t become an “accountability measure” for the Government.
That went against the unanimous advice of the expert panel that said using the clear, measurable target was the best way to get the whole country on board and help cut the suicide rate. …
Because a government that claims to be “delivering for New Zealanders” would hate to be held accountable for the shameful evidence that they are not.
Hard to find the words for this kind of behaviour from Jonathan Coleman. Weak, disgraceful, selfish are a start. https://t.co/BqtOYfBJFJ
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) July 17, 2017