The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Submission on the Families Commission Bill 2003


  • Caritas welcomes the introduction of the Families Commission.
  • However, we do not understand why the government has chosen to exclude advocacy for particular families from the role of the Commission.
  • We would like to see children's rights recognised alongside those of parents.
  • We would like to see the Families Commission having an overall view of all government policy, rather than simply on individual matters.
  • We believe it is essential that the Families Commission considers the situation of all families in New Zealand, whatever their structure and situation.
  • Caritas strongly supports the inclusion of Maori as tangata whenua in Clause 11.
  • Caritas would like to see a transparent process for the appointment of Commissioners.

See also the 2003 submission on the Care of Children Bill.

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