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Victim blaming easier than inquiry
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Mana leader Hone Harawira says an inquiry into historic abuse in state care is essential if the country is to get to grips with what needs to be done in future.

The Government has ruled out an inquiry because it says it is doing enough to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Mr Harawira says that's a way of ignoring the size of the problem and the intergenerational problems it created, especially among Maori who were targeted for removal from their whanau.

"The future in terms of the kids and the kids' safety is very much predicated on the past because of the way a lot of our men are now. Government has a bad habit of blaming the men, saying 'you are just a screwed up individual.' Well how did that happen? It's not just about pointing the bone. It's about identifying the problem, fixing the problem, providing compensation in more ways than just money," he says.

Mr Harawira says all parties need to keep the pressure on for an inquiry.


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