Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 15
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Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 15


employment I call them cheer and I just want to be hearing quite a lot about how this provision is just about making sure that everyone who needs help gets the right help and freeing up work and income officers to be be able to provide that help I just want to provide a little bit of a reality check on that because actually the regulatory impact statement that supported the introduction of this legislation pointed out that this provision was being included to protect the crown from accusations of discrimination that might be taken to court for discriminating against people and in fact that is what the social investment approach does as it discriminates it’s a risk profiling system that seeks to embed discrimination and we’ve seen it introduced in legislation under the last government around the young person services and and at that time and that service so they were they have put into legislation that they can send young people who meet a particular risk profile off to a different service and they get you know coincidentally extra obligations and potential sanctions applied to them if they meet this profile and the profile was prior contact with the Department of Child Youth and Family gender reasons for leaving school and educational outcomes and so that had been critiqued by Treasury that kind of formula where they’d found that there was more likely more young people who didn’t have those criteria were likely to have negative life outcomes than those that had all those criteria so you can see in there that this is setting up a process of discrimination that is going to just impede the fact that a whole lot of people who could benefit from getting assistance won’t get it that isn’t what is being described by the National Party members at all I think those showing a fundamental misunderstanding of what this legislation and this provision was seeking to implement and I do want to I raised earlier and legislation around this point about the problems particularly of including contact with the Department of Child Youth and Family as a measure for providing different service when we know that I think it’s about 58% of tamariki were in contact with Child Youth and Family our model and that actually we’re in effect setting up a defector risk ratio profiling system by doing that and that when we have just so many reports telling us that we have embedded racial discrimination across our state agencies to be embedding a risk profiling model that will result in different service through MSD is a really dangerous thing to do and it’s not something that the Green Party is happy to support and I also want to echo the message that that was the minister was stating is that we know through evidence and through practice is that what works is taking a strength-based approach and this model is inherently looking at saying defining people on the basis of risk and what you see is wrong with them rather than actually sitting down and listening to what they might mean because actually the truth is they know what they need better than anybody sitting across a desk within a government institution could ever know and we need to be creating a system that listens and responds to what people’s needs are because the truth is people have aspirations people want to be able to contribute and have meaning in their life and our system at the moment and progressively under the last government moved away from being able to provide people with the assistance that they needed we’ve seen that by the increased homelessness on our streets by the really entrenched poverty and increased inequality in our society that was the result of the previous system that was seeking to be embedded by that provision and the legislation it didn’t work I really think the opposition just has to come to terms with that it is time to get back to what we know works which is kindly made would you call Jamie strange I move that the question be now put the question is that the question be now put

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