Hand on heart, news of this decision had me so angry and enraged that I backed off, thought about life, the issues that are important to me as a human being and waited patiently for this offensive and insane decision to be wiped.
Stuff reporter Aaron Smale attempted to interview Minister Carmel Sepuloni about the Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill. The conversation ended with her hanging up on him. This is his retelling of what went down.
…so fuck it, let’s ride!
Jacinda Ardern’s Government is facing mounting pressure about a proposed law to disestablish the role of the Children’s Commissioner as Amnesty International, the Human Rights Commission and Save the Children raise serious concerns about it.
Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers said the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill would “dilute” the commission’s power to advocate for children and young people.
This obscenity of a decision to strip oversight away from Orange Tamariki is the latest assault on allowing any oversight of Orange Tamariki from occurring because Critical Race Theory has raised its ugly head here and it needs to be amputated.
Before I start the slaughter, let’s recap what the hell Orange Tamariki is.
It is a Frankenstein monster, a neoliberal welfare experiment conjured up by Bill English and big data.
The argument is that children from backgrounds with specific features were the worst in terms of cost to the state, so if the state stepped in and removed the children quickly enough, that cost will fall.
To do this they passed law reducing the legal rights of parents over children, streamlined their 0800 numbers and weaponised uplifts.
They also ensured that people with children taken from them are ineligible for legal aid so they couldn’t fight back legally.
This was all going dandy up until Newsroom started showing the video evidence of cops stealing babbies at birth.
The heat went on this neoliberal madness and in an attempt to curry favour with the new pro Maori Labour Party, Orange Tamariki started taking Maori kids sent to live with white parents in an insane Critical Race Theory conclusion that white people can’t look after brown kids.
This latest demented view of the world has been ripped to shreds in court and produced the inevitable claims of racism when it’s OT being the racist.
NOW they want to cut out the oversight of the Children’s Commissioner and dilute any real ability to monitor OT abuses because the agency created to watch over OT (The Independent Children’s Monitor) is being folded into the Education Review Office for Christ’s sake…
Judith Aitken, who was chief executive of ERO in the 1990s, has been following the royal commission and is part of the Royal Commission Forum, an independent group of interested parties who give advice and feedback to the inquiry.
She has been horrified to learn of abuse, including sexual abuse, that occurred in schools that ERO reported on when she was in charge. The abuse was never picked up in those reports. One such school is Dilworth, which has been the subject of criminal investigations and convictions for offences that span decades.
Aitken says it underlines that ERO was only ever designed to inspect the performance of schools at the educational level. ERO was never designed to investigate complaints that arise from vulnerable children in state care. She says the restructure will embed a flawed system that is not up to the job.
…if ERO couldn’t spot endemic sexual child abuse at Dilworth for decades, how the Christ will they spot it in Orange Tamariki?
Labour inherited a neoliberal experiment in welfare whose goal is to step in early and save the State down stream costs, now they are attempting to camouflage the abuse of Orange Tamariki via an obtuse veil of bureaucracy with no oversight from the Children’s Commissioner.
Sepuloni has somehow managed to make state abuse of those they are charged to care for worse!
Why isn’t anyone demanding her sacking?
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