Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill: Best Scenario?

Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

Someone asked on a Facebook page:

Could someone please tell me the best case scenario arising from all our collective efforts

This is what I answered:

No Social Obligations:

  1. No compulsory ECE from age 3
  2. No work requirement for home schooling mothers
  3. No requirement to be enrolled with a General Practitioner.
  4. No compulsory Well Child /Tamariki Ora Checks

I would like to write a bit more on all of these from my experience from my preparing for and being infront of the Select Committee. I think there is a lot more that the Select Committee needs to hear from many of us.

Other topics I want to explore as well are:

  1. Vulnerable children
  2.  Is New Zealand wanting to follow Sweden’s example
  3. Australia’s law for beneficiaries and Media Release 13 – Australian Benefit Reforms Bow to Parents’ Rights
  4. We do not want to have to apply for exemptions for keeping our children out of an ECE

I would like to write about each of these as I have time.

Summary of the Human Rights,  UN conventions and Berlin Declaration – December 10 is International Human Rights Day

  1. Media Release 14 – Social Security Bill Is Unjustifiably Discriminatory, Says NZ Law Society
  2. International Human Rights Day 10 December 2012
  3. New Zealand, Sweden and the Johanssons

I talked to someone recently who is going to write out what he said during his Oral presentation and send it to all the MP’s on the Select Committee. This is a good idea especially if you were not happy with your presentation or ran out of time and didn’t say all you wanted to. Or if after the experience you thought of new things or new answers to their questions that you would like to say, then say it in an email to the Select Committee. If you feel so inclined here are the email addresses:

Against the Bill at the 1st reading:

Jacinda Ardern, Jan Logie, Rajen Prasad and Su’a William Sio,,,

Those who voted for the Bill at the 1st reading

Simon BridgesMelissa LeeAsenati Lole-Taylor , Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Tim Macindoe, Alfred Ngaro, and Mike


Key links for presenting an oral submission


Please feel free to use any of these links to help you with your oral submission

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Related Links:


From the Smiths:

Updated 5 October 2012:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:


This link is motivational:


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds