when will they discuss the real factors on child abuse?
Here are the facts on child abuse.
Nearly all child abuse deaths are at the hands of a male parent or Maori mum, and that former parent is not usually married to the child's other parent - nor is he often the father of the child. The fact that abused children's parents are unmarried and that people are shacking up with their boyfriends is a bigger child abuse issue than ethnicity or poverty - although those who shack up with their boyfriends who abuse kids are more likely to be Maori and on benefits - or at least poor which makes it a Maori concern.
Other relevant facts: The fact that Maori don't often have mum and dad to parent kids is relevant - we have whanau who pass kids around like a joint, and this is encouraged by government policy treating any bunch of people as a family group. The fact that all these kids that get murdered has a mum or a dad that should be paying child support but are often not - and if they are they are not paying the required amount. The fact that people aren't spending the WFF money on their kids, they `re paying off fines and bills.
Some people should just have some balls and say that people's living arrangements have a great deal to do with how many kids are being killed, and that Govt policy is encouraging these types of living arrangements and child abuse agencies are too scared to speak out and say that because they are scared they will lose govt funding. It is comparatively rare for kids who are living with both their mum and dad who are married to each other to be abused. Also, most Maori kids do not live with both their mum and dad who are married to each other. Many are living with either a sole parent or at least one parent who didn't conceive them. These are the kids at risk and the stats will indicate that.
Only if we take the above into consideration will we have the honest debate some are seeking.