But committee chairman Tau Henare said the committee did not have time to do a proper inquiry before the election due in November.
"We'll take part in it, that's democracy. I'm the chairman and I'll chair the meetings to the best of my abilities," he said.
"But in the last 15 years there have been umpteen dozen reports. I don't think we are going to get anywhere if we continue to sit on our arses and do reports.
But the so-called child advocates insist on pressing ahead wasting time and money;
Maori Party MP Rahui Katene, who co-chairs the group with Green MP Metiria Turei, said she hoped the inquiry would open people's eyes to the fact that many Kiwi children lived in poverty.
And that is why they are primarily wasting their time. Because they persist in coming at it from the wrong angle. Always they pin the essential problem on poverty.
Yes. Many Kiwi children live in (relative) poverty but many, most, do not suffer neglect or abuse.
Look at the figures that Simon Collins provides at the close of his article:
Children in poverty
22 per cent of all children
One in six European children
One in four Maori children
One in three Pacific children
By material measures Pacific children are the poorest.
Let's look at some reliable indicators of child neglect or abuse.
The ethnicity of children in Care and Protection Foster Care Placements in 2006.
7 percent were Pacific (412) whereas 48.7 percent (2,869) were Maori.
At 7 percent, because the Pacific population is very young, that proportion is probably an under-representation.
The number of Pacific children in CYF family homes was 22 compared to 166 Maori - again 7 percent versus 51 percent.
Of those children with Care and Protection notifications requiring further action, 12 percent were Pacific and 44 percent were Maori.
So what now? Poverty is the cause of Maori child abuse and neglect but not the cause of Pacific child abuse and neglect? And let's not even go looking for some Asian statistics.
If the problem is misdiagnosed, a remedy will never be found.