On Radio Live today Sean Plunket had each Labour leadership candidate available for questions.
First Grant Robertson (9:09)
Caller asks "Should you be successful in securing the leadership ... what would you do to address the shameful child abuse and child killing statistics?"
Robertson answers that we need to address the poverty that drives crime and we should be, "...making sure men are actually getting the help they need to stop this kind of abuse, and it is largely driven by men..."
The claim that most child abuse is perpetrated by men is wrong. I blogged some dissenting voices here, among them Professor David Fergusson who heads the Christchurch Health and Development Study.
Then David Cuncliffe (13:06)
Caller with two special needs children queries what Labour will do about their employment prospects.
Cunliffe answers, "National has cancelled a lot of those sheltered employment schemes that provided a stepping stone into full-time employment..."
As I recall, in Labour's last two terms, parents of special needs young adults were up in arms about Ruth Dyson, Disabilities Minister, forcing the minimum wage onto sheltered workshops predicting closures. The IHC, the major sheltered workshop provider, has closed enterprises since.
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