Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Christine Rankin and child abuse

Have been away for a couple of days but was listening to Morning Report this morning. They mentioned that Christine Rankin has spoken up in an Investigate Magazine article against the anti-smacking legislation. How dare she! John Key has said that Rankin was appointed to the Families Commission because she was a good advocate and could speak up on child abuse. John Armstrong says Key's dictum is that Rankin confine her public comments as a Families Commissioner to her expertise on child abuse "and nothing else".

But I'm sure I heard that Jan Pryor, chief families commissioner saying that it is unlikely that Rankin will have a role on the Families Commission that has to do with child abuse. Which begs the question. Rankin was appointed because of her advocacy on child abuse, why is the commission saying that her role will not involve speaking out on child abuse?

update yep. Interview here

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Key doesn't know whether he's coming or going of late, and running into a woman like Rankin who values what she values and not political ideals is going to make him blow a fu-fu valve pretty soon. It's going to be great to watch. I could never have dreamed that this National government would fall apart so quickly.

June 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to disband the 'family's commission. It is nothing more than a policy research unit parrotting govt voice - We have MSD for that.

Susan Nicholson

June 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

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