The 'solutions' to child poverty - and its so-called manifestations like abuse - will cost around $1.5 - 2 billion by the Children's Commissioner calculations.
Where could that kind of money come from?
Raising the Super age to 67.
So says Children's Doctors Patrick Kelly:
"My personal view, and this is my personal view and not the view of the Paediatric Society, is that I would raise the age at which people get national super, because life expectancy has changed hugely since about 1905 when national super was introduced and there are many healthy, active people in their late sixties who ... do not need financial support from the Government.1898 actually.
I support raising the Super age for the same reason expressed here. But I do not support a massive transfer of the money saved into potty ideas like a universal child benefit, state-funded school lunches, and paying the IWTC to beneficiary parents. That isn't going to stop abuse and neglect. That will only reduce when we stop paying people to have babies they don't want and can't care for.
NZ could use the saved money to pay down some debt and in other ways that would help the economy.
"If those who are middle-aged now want to be supported in their old age, they will be voting for a Government that spends money on the children of today."Not me. That's exactly the government I won't be voting for. The last thing NZ needs to do is grow the welfare state.