Here's a silly letter if ever I read one:
Where to start (in 200 words or less).
According to Allan Kirk (Letters, July 19) New Zealand needs more children, so large families born and raised on a benefit isn't a problem. He thinks the Social Development Minister's concern should be the well-being of the beneficiary and her children, not their dependent status. Presumably that means directing rather more resources at families on welfare. This requires either higher taxes (perhaps from parents limiting their family size to one they can afford) or less spending elsewhere. As the government is already fighting to stave off a credit down-rating and disastrous loss of borrowing capacity, it can hardly find millions - or billions - more to meet Mr Kirk's urging.
As it stands children who are raised long-term on welfare, often those in large families, experience inter-generational dependence, particularly females who go on to repeat their mother's life story. It is welfare dependence that keeps people out of the labour force, non-productive and unable to make a contribution to the upkeep of an ageing population.
It is arguable anyway whether the country needs a higher birth rate to meet future demand. More immigration has got to be a better option than paying people to have children.
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