Consultations, Submissions, Govt Reviews & Inquiries

pdficon_small  Guide to Advocacy & Lobbying March 2017

Working with and on behalf of its members, ANZASW plays an active role in making submissions on a variety of government policy programmes and legislative changes.

As part of the submission process members are approached to participate in providing direct input. In addition if you are aware of other policy or legislative issues that you believe ANZASW should be making comment on then please also contact National Office.

Firearms Prohibition Orders Public Consultation

Source: https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/publication/firearms-prohibition-orders-public-consultation

Consultation will close at 5pm Monday 13 January 2020. Following a review of the submissions, advice will be provided to the Minister of Police.

Date Published:
November 2019
The New Zealand Government wants to prevent high-risk people from having access to firearms. The purpose of restricting access is to protect the public from the harm that can be caused by the misuse of firearms.

To help achieve this, the Government is looking into the possibility of establishing a Firearms Prohibition Order regime.

Firearms Prohibition Orders would prohibit high-risk people from using, accessing, or being around firearms. Breaching the conditions of a Firearms Prohibition Order would be a criminal offence.

However, before making a decision, the Government wants to seek the public’s views on whether or not a regime should be established in New Zealand, and if so, what it could look like.

Your feedback will help shape proposals for the Government to consider, including whether or not a Firearms Prohibition Order regime should be introduced.

To have your say, please read the consultation document below and then complete the online form, or email a completed Word version of the consultation submission form (see link below) to: FPOConsultation@police.govt.nz (link sends e-mail).

Firearms Prohibition Orders Consultation Document (PDF 980KB)

Firearms Prohibition Orders Submission Form (Protected Word Form 82KB)

NOTE: Consultation submissions are official information

Your submission will only be used by Police for the purpose of consideration of a potential Firearms Prohibition Order Regime.

Please note your submission will become official information. This means Police may be required to release all or part of the information contained in your submission in response to a request under the Official Information Act 1982.

Police may, however, withhold all or parts of your submission if it is necessary to protect your privacy or if it has been supplied subject to an obligation of confidence. Please tell us if you do not want all or specific parts of your submission released, and the reasons why. There is a free text box to do so in the online form and also the Word form to enable you to do so.

Your views will be taken into account in deciding whether to withhold or release any information requested under the Official Information Act, and in deciding if, and how, to refer to your submission in any possible subsequent paper prepared by the Police.

Abortion Legislation Bill

The Abortion Legislation Bill is currently with the Select Committee. The report is due 14 February 2020.

Progress of the Abortion Legislation Bill>>

The Committee is made up of

  • Ruth Dyson – Chair
  • Amy Adams, National
  • Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Labour
  • Jan Logie, Greens
  • Agnes Loheni, National
  • Tracey Martin, NZ First
  • David Seymour, Act.

You can read the Abortion Legislation Bill here>>

Inquiry into Health Inequities for Māori

The draft terms of reference can be viewed here https://whanauora.nz/assets/7b6d2ccf4b/Draft-Terms-of-Reference-Maori-Inquiry-into-Oranga-Tamariki-v2.pdf

For more information go to:

https://nzfvc.org.nz/news/m%C4%81ori-inquiry-oranga-tamariki-next-phase-call-feedback

and

https://whanauora.nz/maori-inquiry/


Public submissions are now being called for
Inquiry into Health Inequities for Māori

Submissions are now closed.

The inquiry will focus on cancer care and explore barriers that Māori experience relating to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, cures, and palliative care.

The Māori Affairs Committee opened this inquiry in March 2019. This was after receiving letters from Māori users of the health system expressing concern and identifying shortcomings for Māori seeking cancer care.

The terms of reference for this inquiry will focus on:

  • ​collating existing statistics and evidence regarding Māori cancer health and identifying significant inequalities
  • studying the higher incidence rate Māori experience with specific cancers compared to non-Māori
  • identifying specific sets of issues experienced by Māori health service users
  • investigating and critiquing the lower engagement rate for Māori with prevention, early detection, screening programmes, treatment, and medication
  • looking at the role primary and health professionals play in improving cancer survival rates for Māori
  • researching how to best design, develop, and roll out an early detection and/or wellbeing programme
  • identifying where whānau ‘touch’ the system to find ‘moments of impact’ where bias (unconscious or deliberate) consistently occurs
  • exploring a conceptual best practice whānau-centric model of cancer care.

Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

What is the Royal Commission?

The Royal Commission is an Inquiry into abuse in State care and in faith-based institutions.

The Inquiry will look at what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults who were in care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999. They may also listen to experiences before or after these dates.

https://www.abuseinstatecare.royalcommission.govt.nz/

 

 

Equal Pay Amendment Bill

The purpose of this bill is to improve the process for raising and progressing pay equity claims, and to eliminate and prevent discrimination on the basis of sex in the remuneration and employment terms and conditions for work done within female-dominated jobs.

New Zealand Parliament

Progress of Bill: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_80319/equal-pay-amendment-bill

New Zealand Legislation

Read the Bill >>

End of Life Choice Bill

Euthanasia: David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill passes final reading>>

“But just because the legislation passed its final reading, it won’t actually become law unless the public vote to pass it at the 2020 general election.”


Letter from Minister Sepuloni 23 July 2019>>


This bill gives people with a terminal illness or a grievous & irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.

New Zealand Parliament

Progress of Bill:https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74307/end-of-life-choice-bill

New Zealand Legislation

Read the Bill >>

Supplementary Order Papers>>

The Tax Working Group

https://taxworkinggroup.govt.nz/

Since the release of our Interim Report in September 2018 the Tax Working Group has undertaken further rounds of engagement and consultation. Alongside this process, the Group has developed and further refined its conclusions outlined in the Interim Report.

The engagement process has reached out to various parts of society, including Māori, civil society, tax professionals, business and environmental organisations. There has also been discussion with tax professionals in Australia to learn from their experience. This engagement reflects and is reflected in the work the Group has undertaken since early
September.
As might be expected, the submissions on the Interim Report contained a wide variety of opinions. They ranged from full endorsement of the recommendations in the Interim Report, often wishing to see at least some of them go further, through to substantial
rejection of the majority of the recommendations.

Future of Tax: Final report>>

Review of the New Zealand Health & Disability Sector

Hon Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister for Disability Issues launched the new Action Plan yesterday on 14 November.

The new Action Plan is now on our website in a number of accessible versions.  The updated link is: https://www.odi.govt.nz/disability-action-plan.

Please view the TVNZ story link here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/government-reveals-new-plan-help-more-than-1-million-kiwis-disabilities.


https://www.odi.govt.nz/nz-disability-strategy/

Purpose
The Government has established a review into the New Zealand Health and Disability System (the Review). This review will identify opportunities to improve the performance, structure, and sustainability of the system with a goal of achieving equity of outcomes, and contributing to wellness for all, particularly Māori and Pacific peoples.

The Expert Review Panel is made up of

  • Heather Simpson – Chair
  • Shelley Campbell
  • Professor Peter Crampton
  • Dt Lloyd McCann
  • Dr Margaret Southwick
  • Dr Winfield Bennett
  • Sir Brian Roche

View their profiles at https://systemreview.health.govt.nz/about/expert-review-panel/

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/major-review-health-system-launched

pdficon_small   Final Terms of Reference

Interim report expected August 2019, Final Report expected March 2020

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group

http://www.weag.govt.nz/

In May 2018 the Government established the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) to advise them on the future of New Zealand’s social security system.

The WEAG has now completed its Report – Wakamana Tāngata – Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand.

The independence granted the WEAG and our Terms of Reference has enabled the most wide-ranging review of the system in a generation.

Read Full Report>>

Child & Wellbeing Strategy

https://dpmc.govt.nz/our-programmes/child-and-youth-wellbeing-strategy

The first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy will be published in 2019.

New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy will set the direction for how to improve the wellbeing of children and young people.

The Child Poverty Reduction legislation, which was passed into law in December 2018, encourages a Government focus on child poverty reduction specifically, and child wellbeing more generally.

A key requirement of the legislation is the creation of New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The Strategy will provide a framework to drive government policy and action on child wellbeing. It will commit Government to set and report on outcomes and actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people, with a particular focus on child poverty and those with greater needs, including children of interest or concern to Oranga Tamariki.

Due to lack of response from members no submission was made by ANZASW

Review of the Family Court

pdficon_small   Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau: The Final Report of the Independent Panel examingin the 2014 family justice reforms

This report recommends a raft of changes to strengthen and connect family justice services, including the Family Court, so that children, parents and their whānau are treated with dignity and respect, listened to, and supported, to make the best decisions for them.

It proposes the development of a joined-up family justice service, to be called Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau, to ensure that processes are no longer separated into in and out of court. This service will form a korowai: protecting, supporting and empowering children, their parents, and their whānau as they work through parenting and guardianship issues.

ANZASW Submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction Services

Media Coverage

Government response to Mental Health & Addiction Inquiry Brings Hope (PSA 31 May 2019)

Report omits impact of creativity on health & wellbeing (The Big Idea 04 December 2018)

Mental Health Report “not radical enough” for Māori (Māori Television 04 December 2018)

A Māori health provider is slamming the new Mental Health and Addictions report released by the government.  Te Rau Matatini chief executive Maria Baker says Māori have the worst outcomes but recommendations fail to give them a voice.

Kia Piki Te Ora general manager Michael Naera says some Māori organisations are disgusted at the report’s blanket approach to Māori.

“One size fits all?  Māori don’t fit into the recommendations.  We’re upset because there were many whānau and voices that talked to the panel but it isn’t reflected.”..

Mental Health System under-resourced, under pressure, unsustainable (RNZ 03 December 2018)

Our current mental health system ..is “under-resourced”, “under pressure” and “unsustainable” according to a report released today by Mental Health & Addiction inquiry. And we can’t medicate or treat our way out of this epidemic of mental distress. The report by a government appointed panel makes 40 recommendations…


The Report

He-Ara-Oranga – The Mental Health & Addiction Report has been released. The Executive Summary is on Pages 6 – 15 and the 40 recommendations are to be found pages 16 – 20.

If you have any feedback on the report or recommendations please send these to lucysandford-reed@anzasw.nz.

    He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction (WebPage)

Logo YouTube Icon   He Ara Oranga – report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction (NZ Dept of Internal Affairs 03 December 2018) (YouTube)

Summary of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction’s final report – December 2018. Read the report at: www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz

pdficon_small   He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction (PDF)

 

Our Submission

pdficon_small   ANZASW Submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health &Addiction Services (June 2018)


Relevant Links


ANZASW Submission on Abortion Law

ANZASW Submission on Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Media Coverage

ANZASW Statement on Child Poverty Monitor Report (Scoop 12 December 2018)

Child Poverty Bill doesn’t Address Cause: Inequality (SCOOP, Closing the Gap, 03 December 2018 )

As Parliament prepares to pass the Child Poverty Reduction Bill this coming week, the income equality group Closing the Gap again urges MPs to tackle the problem behind child poverty: inequality.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s bill is a good first step, but its focus on setting targets and improving reporting on child poverty are “process” issues, and don’t get at the root of the problem, Closing the Gap spokesman Peter Malcolm said.

Latest figures show child poverty in New Zealand stands at around 27 percent, meaning nearly 300,000 children living below the poverty line. “Those figures are proof enough — we don’t need more reporting and targets to tell us income equality must be urgently addressed,” Mr. Malcolm said…

Radio NZ Podcast: Govt Urged to Widen Child Poverty Reduction Bill

 


pdficon_small   ANZASW Submission on Child Poverty Reduction Bill(April 2018)


New Zealand Legislation (http://www.legislation.govt.nz)

Child Poverty Reduction Bill>>

Purpose of this Act

The purpose of this Act is to help achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty in New Zealand by provisions that—

(a) encourage a focus by government and society on child poverty reduction:

(b) facilitate political accountability against published targets:

(c) require transparent reporting on levels of child poverty.

Overview of this Act

To help achieve its purpose, this Act

(a) specifies and requires child poverty measures:

(b) requires the setting of child poverty reduction targets:

(c) requires reports relating to child poverty:

(d) requires the identification of child poverty-related indicators:

(e) requires monitoring reports related to identified indicators.


New Zealand Parliament (https://www.parliament.nz)

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_76267/child-poverty-reduction-bill

The purpose of this bill is to encourage a focus on child poverty reduction, facilitate political accountability against published targets, require transparent reporting on child poverty levels, and create a greater commitment by Government to address child well-being.


 

ANZASW Submission on Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill

Submission on Children, Young Persons (Oranga Tamariki) and their Families Legislation Bill

Submission on the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement)

Submission on Mental Health & Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2016-2020