"Good social policy is not without cost. It is the price we pay for a fair society."Would you expect that to come from the Left or Right?
Surprisingly, it's from the current Revenue Minister commenting on the enormous $129 million child support reform budget blow-out.
It's ironic. The social policy that created the need for the government to legislate a child support system - essentially the DPB - is also still considered 'good' policy in some quarters.
Social policy is always well-intentioned. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Whether it is good or bad is a matter of perspective. Whether it delivers a "fair" society is also highly arguable.
A society that features 140,000 odd individuals having money removed arbitrarily, at source, to pay for estranged (or otherwise) children, many of whose upkeep total strangers pay the lion's share for, hardly sounds "fair".
There is a clear principle at work which the National government continues to operate under - this particularly member, quite willingly.
The more a government intervenes, the more it has to.