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Diane Robert­son says the sit­u­a­tion for our poor­est fam­i­lies is get­ting worse and things will not im­prove un­til a con­sen­sus is reached.

‘‘If you look at the last 15 years this isn’t just a re­sult of a re­ces­sion. This is a re­sult of ev­ery gov­ern­ment not putting chil­dren at the core,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s not just Na­tional, it’s not just Labour. This has to be­come an apo­lit­i­cal, struc­tural is­sue be­fore some­thing will change.

‘‘If we want new roads or trains or a rail­way loop that’s all we will hear, that’s all we fo­cus on.

‘‘When do we hear about chil­dren? What politi­cian, what party, what part of so­ci­ety is ac­tu­ally stand­ing up and say­ing ‘kids aren’t the cen­tre of this be­cause we are throw­ing 25 per cent of them away’?

‘‘Un­til we do that there is not go­ing to be much of a change.’’

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