Below are Submissions made by Lindsay Mitchell to Parliament:

Submission on the Care of Children Bill 2003

Lindsay Mitchell, 30 Nikau St, Eastbourne, ph/fx 04 562 7944

The Care of Children Bill purports to be an attempt to satisfy the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNROC) obligations.  Article 9 of this convention is, “Parties shall ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interests of the child.” [more...]

Submission on the Social Security (Social Assistance) Amendment Bill

Lindsay Mitchell, 30 Nikau St, Eastbourne, Wellington, ph/fx 04 562 7944,

This submission addresses the aspect of the Bill that attempts reduce the number of sole parents failing to establish paternity or apply for child support.

The number of sole parents who fall into this category has risen significantly although I would question the veracity of the figures supplied as background information.[more...]

Submission to the Social Services Select Committee on the Social Security
(Working Towards Employment) Amendment Bill 2001

Submitted by Lindsay Mitchell, Petitioner for a Parliamentary Review of the DPB.
30 Nikau St, Eastbourne, Wellington  ph/fx 04 562 7944  e-mail .nz

The removal of the work-test obligations for recipients of the DPB is a retrograde step.  Since the introduction of work-testing in February 1999, the numbers of DPB recipients has declined.  This is only the second time this has happened since the introduction of this benefit in 1973.  [more...]

Response to the "Agenda for Children" Consultation Paper

Firstly, I apologise for not using your official form.  As your key goals are interwoven, an individual response to each goal would have incurred much repetition.  I'm sure that you would prefer my submission to be succinct and will simply address Goal 2 in an effort to illustrate my point.

Goal 2: Ensure that all government policies and practices respond to children's interests, rights and needs.
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