The next logical step would have been to go out on my own, but I got accepted to do a masters degree at Oxford.While I was waiting to fly to England, I met a defence lawyer working for the Rwanda Tribunal.Ending child poverty in New Zealand has consistently been one of the Green Party’s top priorities for many years now.The Government’s Bill is not the transformative income support and tax package that a Green Government would put in place (we’re working on that – watch this space).Now I had no idea before reading this article that her work in Rwanda was defending the war criminals, not prosecuting them. Let’s look at what her Green Party CV says: Her studies at Oxford, and work as a lawyer for the United Nations and in New Zealand, have focused on enforcing human rights and holding governments to account.Golriz has lived and worked in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power, and restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.But the defence team didn’t get paper for the photocopiers — it was like even the UN didn’t really believe in it.
We’re looking forward now to the election, and to this time next year when a new Finance Minister will deliver an entirely new kind of Budget that puts people and the planet first.
But the Child Poverty Action Group estimates that National’s changes to the Family Tax Credit will bring between 35,000 and 50,000 children out of poverty.
We asked ourselves if we could in good conscience oppose something that would help up to 50,000 kids, and on balance, we decided that we couldn’t.
But it was something – and so, last week, we made a similar call to vote for a package of measures that will mean that New Zealand’s hardest up families get even a little more.
Our friends and colleagues in the Labour Party made a different call last week. Since the last election, we’ve often voted differently from Labour.