Dunne Speaks: UNGASS 2016

This week I have been attending the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the first such meeting since 1998, and the first major international review of drug policy since 1998. A great deal has changed in that time. The advent of more than 600 new psychoactive substances alone is evidence of that. […]

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April – Putting children and families at the heart of policy making

UnitedFuture has been advocating for children and families to be at the heart of policy making for all of its 14 years as a Government support partner. Our achievements in that time include the establishment of the Families Commission, now Superu, whose purpose is to “increase the use of evidence by people across the social sector, so […]

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Focusing on the positive news amongst all the negative media reporting

Brussels Attacked, UNAOIL Corruption, Panama Papers, Brexit Referendum, Refugees Returned to Turkey, Da’esh selling Middle Eastern antiquities online, all these and more are negative news in a world slowly going mad. But what about the positive stuff? Here are some: The recent Intelligence Review has produced good recommendations including merging the three main Intelligence agencies, GCSB, SIS and the Prime Minister’s […]

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The Social Principle of Subsidiarity – what we need here in NZ

Although I am not a catholic, I have always been attracted to the catholic social principle of subsidiarity when it comes to how we organise and govern ourselves as a society. Subsidiarity is the principle of devolving decisions to the lowest practical level and the intention is to have better services, better democracy and better […]

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We have always put children and families at the centre of policy making

“The government’s new-found (and I think genuine) interest in the plight of vulnerable children and dysfunctional families is welcome. Putting children and families at the centre of policy making has been key UnitedFuture policy for years. It was one of the main reasons why we established the Families Commission (now known as Superu) in 2004 […]

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Children must be at the heart of public policy

1978 was a most extraordinary year. It was the year when in just over a month there were three Popes. Also, it was the year the racist white regime in Rhodesia finally agreed to African majority rule in the new nation of Zimbabwe. Jim Jones gave new impetus to the dangers posed by religious cults […]

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