Election 2011: Southern candidates answer questions

Readers of The Star pose questions for Dunedin political candidates.

What will your party do to improve opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the community, and to improve carer support for families with a disabled family member?

Don Benn
St Kilda



Labour is determined to support quality living in the community for disabled people. This includes increasing opportunities to access comfortable and accessible housing. Labour believes in valuing families who provide ongoing support to disabled people and acknowledging and supporting these families. A central part of achieving this will be listening to and respecting the voices and choices of disabled people themselves. A range of practical measures to achieve these goals will be outlined in our soon to be released Disability Policy.

Clare Curran
MP and Labour candidate for Dunedin South

National acknowledges that there is a need for greater collaboration between all government agencies and the services they provide to people with disabilities. This is acheived by reducing bureaucracy, targeting funds that empowers more people with disabilities to manage their own support services and lives. Additionally, National encourages carers towards further education in caring for people with disabilities and encourages more employers to remove the barriers to employment to people with disabilities.

Joanne Hayes
National candidate for Dunedin South

The Green party will do everything it can to ensure that people with disabilities can participate fully at work, in education and in social activities. We will ensure there is better support for children and their families at home and at school to enable them to live fulfilling lives.

Shane Gallagher
Green candidate for Dunedin South

ACT plans to target funding for health related needs like carer support toward those who are least able to afford it, rather than wasting subsidies on the wealthy. ACT also plans to review healthcare regulations, enabling providers to respond flexibly to individual patient needs and thus encouraging freer community participation.

Kim Hannah
Act candidate for Dunedin South

New Zealand First will work with service providers to promote the employment and community involvement of people with disabilities. Our policy will ensure service providers adequately provide quality sevices and care. We support individualised funding as this enables disabled people and their families flexibility and control on the services they receive.

Randall Ratana
New Zealand First candidate for Dunedin South

The Alliance Party would ensure income support and benefits for people with disabilities reflect the real cost of living with a disability, and that all disability support workers, including those working under individualised funding arrangements and with service providers, have decent pay and working conditions. We would push for a focus on adapted work environments, supported employment, creative leisure opportunities, job training and decent pay to prevent people with disabilities from being marginalized in the workplace and in the community.

Kay Murray
Alliance candidate for Dunedin South

Democrats For Social Credit would ensure funding through use of interest-free Reserve Bank credit lines to local bodies, employers and education providers to enhance transport, employment, education and recreational options for the disabled. Adequate training and remuneration of helpers would be part of our overall policy and wider economic plan.

Warren Voight
Democrats For Social Credit candidate for Dunedin South

The fundamental equality that exists between men is that each has an immortal spiritual soul. The State must assist man towards temporal well-being in such a manner as will be helpful to the working out of his eternal destiny. Catholic moral theology fully guards the rights of the most vulnerable.

Robert Wansink
Restore All Things in Christ candidate for Dunedin South

I will ask you what you want to improve your opportunities. We support the intentions of the Disability Strategy but more needs to be done in practice. We would establish advocacy services to ensure that every disabled person and their family was given every support they were entitled to and wanted.

Pete George
United Future candidate for Dunedin North

Harvard Medical school describes cannabis as the wonder drug of the 21st century. Cannabis reduces spasticity and increases mobility in MS patients. It is extremely effective treatment for chronic pain and phantom limb disorder. Cannabis promotes the repair of damaged nerves in spinal injuries and regeneration of damaged brain cells.

Julian Crawford
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party candidate for Dunedin North

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