Annette King proposed on 21 May that NZ should set up a Ministry of or for Children. However she is not the first MP to propose this. She got beaten to it by 23 years by Ross Meurant. In a high profile column in Truth, Ross Meurant said he did not want to be Prime Minister or Police Minister, but wanted to be Minister of Children’s Affairs.
Now just because Meurant first proposed it, doesn’t mean it is a bad idea. Mind you statistically there could well be a correlation!
But what happened to his idea back in 1988. Did anyone oppose a Ministry for Children? Yes a Government Minister did.
Which Minister – well Annette King by coincidence.
Hansard records Meurant responding to Annette King:
“A while ago, when I floated the concept of a children’s ministry, I recall that the member … castigated me,”
In his book Beat to the Beehive, Meurant also noted that Annette King had ridiculed him for his proposal.
So Labour’s big new policy idea, is one taken from Ross Meurant 23 years, which was ridiculed by their spokesperson at the time. Can’t wait for their next policy – I guess it will be something else they have ridiculed in the past like bringing in certain food exemptions for GST – oh wait ….Tags: Annette King, Ross Meurant