The DomPost published my response to Deborah Morris-Travers' column under the heading "Poverty campaign wants benefit hike".
It's a good heading because that's exactly what the petition calls for and many thinking people have come to understand that welfare is the problem - not the solution.
That's not just a hopeful speculation either.
Despite loads of media publicity, links from columns in the DomPost and NZ Herald, even TV advertising, the End Child Poverty on-line petition, which calls for parents who don't work to get the In Work Tax Credit (which is like calling for childless people to receive Family Tax Credits) has garnered only 8,000 signatures. Their aim is 100,000 because that's the number they believe will leave the government unable to "avoid the question: Is this the Budget to end child poverty?"
Of course, there may be more off-line signatures to be added but the on-line showing indicates that not many people agree with aim of the petition. It does not mean that they don't care about children in families that are struggling.